A gray mouse hides behind
a crushed cigarette pack, listens.
The city bus shuts its door
with a whoosh and runs
a yellow light. A man
squeezes his cock through his pocket,
watches schoolgirls framed
in the bus window. One
dark girl gives him the finger.
Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for Deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children’s librarian. Published in many journals through the years, his publications include a chapbook — The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press) — and a full length poetry collection — What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). He currently lives in Greensboro, NC