by Beverly Head
I’m making a list,
and I will be naughty.
I’m checking it twice,
and I won’t be nice.
roaches that don’t pay rent,
roaches in the homes of immigrants
being taken advantage of by slum owners
who live in gated communities.
people trying to guard their belongings
on the street after being evicted,
the homeless couple at the highway exit
with a sign for food with misspelled words,
the man speeding by them in the BMW.
people finding a better place to live,
the homeless couple eating a pizza together,
the man in the BMW getting four flat tires.
me sitting here making this list
and getting crazier and crazier,
thinking naughty thoughts,
checking them twice.
I still can’t be nice.