I awoke this morning to the sound
against cold hands and sidewalk.
Dimpled backs carried graffitied blocks
old enough to remember the days
when Unions gave a damn.
They moved fast, screwed fast,
hanging the nets and blinds before
my coffee boiled, naming it
Tuesday. I always ask
them about the weather; no one
knows it better then a day worker.
They know it like a baker knows yeast;
using their noses and
the feel of the air.
I watched as the new kid awkwardly
thumbed a hammer. Dropped it, in front
of a cute skirt wearing train wreck, walking past
them all-teasing us all. He'll get it
for the rest of the day,
but he had it coming,
the new one always does. When your new
you get it twice as hard, taking the shit
the rest went through,
all the days before you arrived-
just so its even.
Their always trying to make it even.