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Ode to Atari Frogger

A person in a motorized wheel chair
gets your attention—

plowing the sidewalk
like a tractor,

spinning at anchor
in the bay of a revolving door.

That joystick reminds you
of the arcades

in the lobbies of old movie theaters:
Pac-Man, Asteroids,

Centipede. Admit it:
you want to take one for a little spin.

You’d give both your good knees
for a test drive.

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Dave Nielsen earned a master’s degree in English from Brigham Young University. He is currently a PhD student in English at the University of Cincinnati. His poems have appeared in Cutbank, Tar River Poetry, and other journals.