Rooming Houses are Old Women

    Rooming houses are old women
    rocking dark windows into their whens
    waiting incomplete circles
    rocking
    rent office to stoop to
    community bathrooms to gas rings and
    under-bed boxes of once useful garbage
    city issued with a twice monthly check
    and the young men next door
    with their loud midnight parties
    and fishy rings left in the bathtub
    no longer arouse them
    from midnight to mealtime no stops inbetween
    light breaking to pass through jumbled up windows
    and who was it who married the widow that Buzzie's son messed with?

    To Welfare and insult from the slow shuffle
    from day'
    s work to shopping bags
    heavy with leftovers.

    Rooming houses
    are old women waiting
    searching
    through darkening windows
    the end or beginning of agony
    old women seen through half-ajar doors
    hoping
    they are not waiting
    but being
    the entrance to somewhere
    unknown and desired
    but not new.