local_library Belle du Jour

by Daniel C. Wilcox

Published in Issue No. 25 ~ June, 1999

The morning along Lark St. is busy

with people I know talking

women in sports bras, sweat pants

walking dogs, both sleepy

still half in yesterday

women dressed like men in skirts

unlock the day’s door

open for business soon

when the sky clouds up

the conversations are about retiring

the basement tenants waking

to talk of Social Security

then, before the bus comes, Ted says

“One Catherine Deneuve movie a month

is enough”, and I agree

even at my younger age.