We know your passion for trucks, and so
We come to the park bearing trucks.
Pickups and semis, bulldozers and fire engines,
Forklifts, dump trucks, truck videos,
Shirts with trucks and caps with trucks
Wrapped in bright truck paper.
We know your passion for trucks, and so / We come to the park bearing trucks.
And when you unwrap each truck,
We see we have chosen well.
Your eyes shine, you grin and laugh,
You run the truck along the ground
Making happy truck noises.
Any two of these treasures would delight you
Any four, content you for a month
But there are many who love you
So the trucks keep coming
Each new truck diverts you from the last
Until the playground is littered
With abandoned trucks.
Yesterday you could not have imagined so many trucks.
Today they’re yours.
All the trucks in the world
Will not satisfy
Jackson is now 20 and a creative writing major at UC San Diego.
John Unger Zussman is a creative and corporate storyteller and a co-founder of Retrospect.