In cities of central Ecuador,
you may have a surprise in store
when it’s time to discard some trash:
you can do it with real panache.
The cans for throwing things away
are not olive green or gun-metal gray
but decked with images of a circus
almost to the point they irk us.
Clowns and pigs and ducks and mice:
do they repel us or entice?
Should we saunter up with bravura
or shiver when we drop off basura?
Bozo isn’t quite so fetching
if his gaping mouth appears to be retching.
Maybe we should credit a city
for trying to make its garbage pretty
and the cans are cute, but here’s the thing:
they somehow remind us of Stephen King.