We sell Christmas trees
on an empty lot
rented from a guy who owns
all the land
from the Tampa Bay to
the Gulf of Mexico.
Our tent offers two kinds of trees:
Fraser firs from North Carolina
Noble firs from Oregon.
Shipping from Oregon costs more
higher prices for Noble firs.
Someone recently offered our landlord,
Alan, $90,000,000 ninety million dollars
for the majority of his land.
He turned it down
“I know I can get more.”
That’s what he told us.
Alan's about 70
with a hole in his neck
after throat cancer
and spends his Decembers
dawdling around our tree lot
Today Alan asked if he could take home
some branch clippings. I said sure,
mentioned the Noble branches were already
in the dumpster. Alan responded,
“But those are more valuable, right?”
I stared at him, unsure how to estimate
the values of comparable garbage
Then I watched
statued in disbelief
as the deathbed millionaire
pink-faced panting with an open mouth
dug in the dumpster
of more valuable trash
to his car