California Roll Where is My Sushi?
Beheld reflection of face apparition like a fish out of water
And an alien to my eyes. Looking pale on a gold pan water
Capture. Come to California miss the Gold Rush. Living a settle
Down Lost Settler as those Panhandlers. Young Man migrates
Leaves the hustle and bustle of Lagos Nigeria. Cross the Lagoon
The Atlantic and Trans Pacific. For this? Almost dislodge eye
From left socket with Windshield Wiper of Camaro at the
Car Wash where I Labor. California Dreaming Just another
Dog Day afternoon at the Wash. Take me to the Car Wash
Somebody. Be car washing. Do not see Man with Afro washing
Shit. He rolls in on spanking White Escalade for the monthly
Detail ritual. Shinning Baldhead like Sword Excalibur. Spit
Cleaning Cadillac shield emblem on grill. Make it gleam. Buff it
For he likes to see reflection of his Head glow.
This is not the Movie, Car Wash. For this is the Real Deal.
Car washers: Alphonso from El Salvador, Gina of Guatemala. Domingo,
Alfredo, Danny and Crazy Ricardo, all Mexicans. But he claims Mexicali.
That still is in Mexico. Then there is this Jose from Cuba.
We don’t goof around. For Joe our tight ass Armenian
Boss says: “Hurry up. Can’t keep Customers waiting.
Time is Money. Keep it moving.” Jose the Skinny Leg Cuban
Likes the Actors in Car Wash the Movie. Saw it far too much
“Greatest Movie ever” Says Boy from Havana. Feeling down
Inside car cleaning. Can hear Jose loud. Singing dancing waxing
“Hell no! Not that Miami Sound Machine anthem again.” From
Gloria Estefan maybe. Reaching for Car ashtray to go smack
His head with it. Now he is shouting ole ole ole ole. Can also
Overhear Alfredo in background. “Orale Orale Just got paid
Friday night “ Just not feeling it today. Disregard ashtray. Clean
Potato chips, left over Gatorade. See shinny golden pennies all
Over seats and console. But this is not another gold rush. They
Say that ended with Reagan. Found under seat, a Baby pacifier
With mustache. Find it funny, and I laugh for first time all day.
Will keep and stick it up Jose’s. Can still hear him singing same
Old Song sounding like a Lawn Mower. There he go, working
And grinning with vacuum cleaner. Now he is singing Feeling
Hot Hot Hot how you feeling Hot Hot I am Hot you Hot. Coming
To America to hear Jose and Vacuumer? Look again at ashtray
Committing to hurting him if he keeps on going. But with head
Like Pitbull the Rapper. Ashtray will brake making Armenian
Mad. “You fired for Acura Lady pissed” Will stick with pacifier
“Jose!” “Yes my friend” “Enough with the singing. You are
Hurting my ears. You are not in Hollywood.” “I know but one
Day I Jose will go to Hollywood. Still now in San Jose actually”
“Keep Dreaming Jose. If your singing does improve like your
Vocabulary you do have a shot. For you actually said ‘actually”
After San Jose. Jose now that you jolly car washing. Let us all
Sing your Best Movie sound track Car Wash by Rose Royce”
“That’s my favorite song”. “Tell me about it, and Alfredo’s too”
“Why not just got paid” “Everybody on the Treble. One two
Three” Clap clap clap ooh oooh You might not ever get rich
But let me tell you it is better than digging the ditch this
Is not a place to be if you plan on been a star Come on
Ya’ all sing it with me sing with feeling now for me Working
At the car wash ooh oooh car washing Work and work Talking
About the car washing car wash those cars never seem to
Stop coming keep those lines and the machine humming
Hey get your car wash today oh oh oh car wash car washing
Here comes the Boss who minds if we act the Fool and the
Acura Lady. Fellas to be continued. Hand Lady her Car keys
Get tip a Dollar and all her shinny Gold pennies. Good luck
To me yea. Twenty nuggets exactly. Wash in Pan and put in
Pocket. Looks like it is going to be a Good Day. Just got paid.
Go to store, send Money home Western Union. And remember
To call Mama. Pick up calling card with Guinness, off course.
Thank God it is Friday. Bye “Bye my Amigos. Jose, no Karaoke
Tonight, next time” “Bye, I see you tomorrow again my friend”
“Tomorrows then” “Hey Africa! We form our own Band
We shall call us The Actuallys”
“My name ain’t Africa it’s Emeka if you’re Actually.”