France won the World Cup. Our dark-goggled dictator died from eating

a poisoned red apple though everyone knew it was the CIA.

We lived miles from the Atlantic. We watched Dr. Dolittle, Titanic, The Mask

of Zorro. Our grandfather, purblind and waiting for the Kingdom of God, sat on a throne in his dark

room, translating Dante. The Galileo space probe revealed

there was an entire ocean hiding beneath a sheet of ice in Jupiter’s moon.

The Yangtze River in China lost its nerve and wanted vengeance.