UNDERGROUND VOICES: POETRY
JONATHAN HAYES

Conversating Weldon Kees
for Sacramento


Who you,
new to me, man?

Asian femboy at Borders
turns me onto you, and points
at your car parked by the north end
of Golden Gate Bridge –
keys left in the ignition.

Was it really what Richard Lopez told me
‘bout the documentary he watched of people
jumping off the bridge? like this one guy
talking on his cell phone and laughing,
then jumping….

Or did you take your savings account
and sleeping bag to Mexico?

Yes, “Sleep is too short a death,”

and

death is the longest sleep.  


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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