The Music in It by William Taylor Jr.

All things considered, it’s not been
much of a day.

I’m sleepy in the afternoon,
and the familiar sadness
fills the air like hungry birds.

All grand things remain undone

but I’ve found a new cafe
where I can drink beer
and watch the people
drift up and down the sidewalks
like the ghosts they’ve always been

and after a few pints
the streets feel less angry
and the sadness gives way
to something like peace.

The sky is soft
and hints of rain;

it feels good to breathe it
in and out.

Maybe there’s a poem here, after all.

It’s not been much of a day,
but it’s good to find the music in it.

William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. His work has been published widely in journals across the globe, including The New York Quarterly, The Chiron Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, and a collection of short fiction. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Kathy Acker Award. To Break the Heart of the Sun is his latest collection of poetry.



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