Hillary Keel: Chelsea Hostel Pantoum

Fall '12 TOC

Two Japanese girls came in way
past midnight and then got up early
while the third slept on her lower bunk –
all three have the same plastic hangers
 
past midnight and then got up early
dangling from iron bed frames
all three have the same plastic hangers
of them rummaging through suitcases
 
dangling from iron bed frames
lights, a door swung open, the clatter
of them rummaging through suitcases
and the squeak of bed springs and
 
lights, a door swung open, the clatter
as I slept in brown pajamas
of them rummaging through suitcases
screechy high tones of yesterday's fax
 
as I slept in brown pajamas
breakdown at Times Square Oreo
screeches of yesterday's fax money
so rhinestone and in-your-face
 
breakdown at Times Square Oreo
trays of pastries and coffee
so rhinestone and in-your-face
calming ginger tea at Grumpy Chelsea
 
trays of pastries and coffee
Café so utterly 4th Street
ginger tea at Grumpy Chelsea
and then I went off to Cornelia
 
Café so utterly 4th Street
speakeasy had me first chortling, then cackling
and then I went off to Cornelia
of my eyes, but afterwards I was left
 
speakeasy had me chortling, then cackling
and a final stroll down 20th
of my eyes, but afterwards I was left
Tango music somewhere over my head
 
and a final stroll down 20th
view – saw the 2nd floor windows with
Tango music somewhere over my head
outlines of shoulders
 
view – saw the 2nd floor windows with
heads bobbing, music droning to me
outlines of shoulders
a pink, yellow glow
 
heads bobbing, music droning to me
while the third slept on her lower bunk
a pink, yellow glow
two Japanese girls came in past midnight
 
Not Enough Night
Not Enough Night
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