The extinct American Chinaman

The extinct American Chinaman

The Chinaman came out of the sea here
leaving it full of tears, not dreams.

He is a loser, but a gentle one
his country's bones carefully encased
within the vault of his body.

Upon the shore before him
great and grinning and guileless to greet him
strides forward the specter of Mickey Mouse
gloriously arrayed in pressed fiberglass.

The Chinaman would go but the sea will not have him.

And that is why you cannot see the Chinaman anymore
he has fallen back and broken into a million children.