The driver of the white ice cream truck
stops in the middle of the quiet street
and throws it into park, and waits.
From the far, other end of the silent street
here comes an ambulance, finally;
its driver stops alongside the ice cream truck.

The two drivers share a meaningful glance
through their vehicles’ driver’s side windows,
and then they get out to trade places.

Now the ambulance rolls, moves at a crawl
through late afternoon neighborhood dusks,
The Entertainer blaring across endless front lawns;
now the ice cream truck bullets its way
through every intersection with its lights alive,
its siren screaming at the squawking pedestrians.

Is the world we see with our eyes the only one?
The world we see with our eyes is not the only one.


Photography © Steve Warren

Photography © Steve Warren


Rich Boucher resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rich served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee, and also as a member of the 2014 Albuquerque City Slam Team. Currently a freelance staff writer for the ABQ Free Press, his poems have appeared in Gargoyle, The Nervous Breakdown, Apeiron Review, The Mas Tequila Review, Menacing Hedge, New Bourgeois and Cultural Weekly, among others, and he has work in the Write Bloody Publishing superhero anthology MultiVerse, which was released in the Fall of 2014.

Steve Warren’s interests are in the healing arts, poetry, photography, dance, the nutritional arts and much more. He is a peer specialist in the recovery movement.