His car belonged to a Nazi. Not a would be, Or wannabe, Or could have been, Or clone, But a Nazi high in rank, A name you’d know, And I forgot The minute he smiled and said it.
He keeps it under wraps in his garage To shield it from harsh winters, Hungry salt; But brings it out when sunlight burns Each Independence Day, To drive in the parade. Crowds wave and sweat, And he waves back, Honking, Drowned out by marching bands.
Afterward, he parks it by his house, And beams as neighbor’s children Ooh and ah, And beg to climb inside. He doesn’t balk, but Makes them wash their hands Of sticky cream, And cheesy dust, With disinfectant wipes. He is insistent on this step, Of course, To keep the car pristine, Interior unstained— As if it could.