Hanging Out the Window

Still, in our underwear,
we yell, “murderer!”

at the China man hanging out his window
– next building over from us,

as he knocks the pigeon nest
off his brick window ledge.

Yet, we will support his store
in the morning when I buy

my $1.50 24oz Budweisers,
and you will comment

on how the shelves have dust
and the prices are almost at cost.  

Jonathan Hayes lives in San Francisco, California.
He has taught poetry at 826 Valencia – a writing center
for children – located in the Mission District of the City.

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