Wednesday, June 9

a place to miss

Gutter Rats
(a pantoum)

First it was the gutter rats making love in the trash cans
outside Matilda's Kitchen, the restaurant down below.
They let out their cries of heinous happiness
in some foreign jargon I'll never know.

Inside Matilda's Kitchen, the restaurant down below,
the dishwashers cursed the rats and their lovemaking
in some foreign jargon I'll never know,
but all they said to me was "don't you sleep."

The dishwashers cursed the rats and their lovemaking
or rather lack thereof, unlike the tenant above
who only said to me "don't you sleep."
He said this through floorboards and bedsprings.

There were others, rather like the tenant above,
but with a softer drumroll from their little feet,
who said this, "through floorboards and bedsprings
we mice crawl, and the roaches creep."

With that soft drumroll from their little feet
I couldn't sleep, knowing
the mice crawl and the roaches creep
throughout these tenement walls.

I couldn't sleep knowing
the gutter rats were making love in the trash cans.
About these tenement walls
they let out cries of heinous happiness.


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^moving out of this apt this weekend. i'm going to miss the restaurant workers talking and singing at night. i'm so used to it now, it's like a lullaby

things that i didn't expect to make me so happy but do:
-going for runs at night along the river
-having a job, and working with really great company
-having a home somewhere other than the city, a place to miss, somewhere to "go home" to
-making art for other people, not for money or notoriety, but to make them happy
-i could go on forever

3 comments:

  1. hey delaney ~ just saw your artwork over on the 'rockstars.' you are so talented. i am a fellow lover of art. you are charming. love your quotes, thanks for sharing.

    warmly.

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  2. Love the poem! And love your artwork at Rockstar Diaries! Cheers. :)

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  3. Good poem, really!
    I'm sure that your new apartment will be great!
    And the things (that you didn't expect to make)put a smile on my face ;)

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