Other Poems by:

Jonathan Hayes


my girlfriend's apt.
off san bruno avenue

the lemon tree
in the backyard

twists and turns
in the wind

looking out
the bedroom window

at it all

which will brake first
the tree by nature, or

the mind by itself?


before the sounds of the City 

pass through the open apartment window,

a bird on the fire escape sings a song,

sung before the City was here.

Wine and Tea

Lay down on futon at 12 in the night;
not drunk, yet far from sober. Sleep like

snail in shell. Wake at 4 in the morning;
toss and turn, dreaming on and off.

Rise at 9 in the morning for work;
buy hot water for one quarter, add 

green tea with ginseng. Leaf river 
channels back to fruity sea.

Love on Market Street

It was time for dinner,
as I walked down Market Street
toward a burrito joint off of Sixth.

When I crossed Fifth, 
my eyes made contact
with a young, beautiful blonde;
she gave me a million-dollar smile,
then handed me a red rose,
as we walked by each other 
in the middle of the street.

Back on the sidewalk, 
I looked at the red rose;
it was the most beautiful red rose 
I ever saw.

And then I noticed 
a heart drawn by someone 
in blue magic marker 
on the green tissue paper
it was wrapped in, 
and below the heart it said, 
"Pass it on."

So I started looking for girls 
to pass it on to, but there 
were only crackheads,
bums, and drug dealers 
in front of the Warfield Theater.

On the other side of the street,
I saw a young woman 
coming out of the Pearl Art store,
so I handed it to her.

Frightened, she jumped back
against the storešs front window
and said,

"Išll pass."

At the Desk

Eating a banana
and listening to talk radio;
I look out the window to see
if it is raining; thoughts of
her in the distant city.

On the Bus

Pack my bones,

and clean my crooked teeth

for the road home

Jonathan Hayes is the author of Echoes from the Sarcophagus (3300 Press, 1997), St. Paul Hotel (Ex Nihilo Press, 2000), and self invented (split chapbook with Mark Sonnenfeld, Marymark Press, 2003). Recently published by Can We Have Our Ball Back?, M.A.G., and Transfer; he edits the literary / art magazine Over the Transom. Send us your comments on this article
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