Making an Effort by William Taylor jr.

I imagine there’s plenty of people in the world
who would say (I can hear and see them
now, their wagging
fingers and tongues)
that it’s (for any number of reasons,
you can pick one) wrong,
us being here together
in this dark and
questionable establishment
ordering our third round
at 2:25 .
on a Tuesday afternoon
while the better and more
sensible folk
are out there working
taking care of things
and generally composing themselves
in some more acceptable fashion
or other
but if we all lived our lives
in constant fear of doing wrong
we’d never get out of bed
and nothing would ever happen
right wrong or otherwise
so here we are
getting sloppy with our
whiskey and gin
beneath the sun’s glorious indifference
because somebody’s
got to make some kind of effort,
right?

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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