Saturday, May 16, 2015

5:30 am

saturday morning


under our window

two guys holding

another guy's arms and feet

stretching him out

while a stocky brute

with a silver pipe

(maybe an aluminum baseball bat)

while some of their

girlfriends are screaming and trying

to defuse the situation

my partner calls the cops and reports the incident

look out the window again

the assailants fleeing down opposite

ends of the street

while the victim stands up

from between parked cars

bottom naked and holding his pants

we look out the window later

and see our neighbor talking to the cops

(so we weren't the only ones who called in)

and in this aftermath

my sweetie and I go back to bed weary

but slightly wired

while she tossed hungry

and I lay inspecting the ceiling

and thinking of Auden's great Musee des Beaux Arts....

(accent over first 'e' of course)

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