3300 Club – 100 Thousand Poets for Change: Poetry Contest

 

THE STRETCH

I can no longer wake up and drink beer

And sleep thru the afternoon

Yoga = yes

Then jogging around Nob Hill

While the Railroad Kings laugh

Ha, ha

 

Poem on Broadway’s Sidewalk

“People

Are not

To be

Looked

Up to

Or

Down

Upon

They are

To be

Harmonized with”

*A found poem written with colored magic markers on masking tape;
each line was on a different strip of tape, placed on the sidewalk.

 

Buying Bamboo on Jackson Street

 

Time for some good luck with summer ending and autumn approaching

 

So I go to the mom and pop bamboo shop on Jackson Street,

And ask the mom for a piece of “Beautiful” bamboo, around five bucks worth

 

With her back to me while caring for her plants in vases by the wall,

“They are not beautiful or ugly; they are all the same”

 

Then turning around she appears with a nice piece of bamboo, around three feet, and

Hands it over to me, as I give her a fiver, which she takes and waves in front of my face,

 

Smiling, showing her teeth, eyes lit up, she waves the fiver, “This is beautiful”

 

all three by Jonathan Hayes

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