There’s an obstacle course in Times Square ~
unopened cardboard boxes clog narrow aisles,
broad-shouldered parkas jam crowded racks,
platoons of shoppers forge through
an Everest of military paraphernalia
in Kaufman’s Army and Navy on 42nd Street.
Don’t scoff at the possibilities in this slightly unclean bazaar:
bazooka bags and military vests,
medals from distant armies,
blue-and-white-striped Russian Navy sweaters,
olive drab Austrian army jackets,
British motorcycle goggles,
gas masks ~
stuff you never imagined you’d have a sudden desire to own.