Christmas in the City

      by Jim Force (Nika), Michael Dylan Welch, and vincent tripi


First published in Woodnotes #23, Winter 1994, page 8–9. Written 20 December 1993, at the Toy Boat Café in San Francisco. See also “Summer in the Country,” written with Jim (and Colleen Gerrish Force) in 2011, which bookends the following rengay, eighteen years later.



Christmas in San Francisco—

one in shorts

another in a parka                                                           Jim


        a crack in the pavement

        stops a strand of tinsel                                          Michael


street-corner santa

drops a coin

into the beggar’s cup                                                     vincent


        the fog lifts . . .

        St. Dominic’s bell                                                      Jim


slowing for the traffic light—

a Christmas wreath

on the fire truck’s grill                                                    Michael


        crowded cable car:

        the evening star                                                       vincent