Bonus Cut Poetry: “Vacancy” By Janet Navarro

This is Bonus Cut Poetry, a series that features original poems by Bonus Cut staff, artists and YOU! In this series, our mission is to bring people together in poetry, share stories and display wonderful artistic pieces. If you would like to have your poems in the next Bonus Cut Poetry installment, just email us at bonuscut@gmail.com

This installment features guest-writer Janet Navarro.

Vacancy
By: Janet Navarro

In his twenties
he was teased
into the landscape
known for
its tinted amber
glass glow
and phallus evening shadows
cast long
through skyscraper canyons
formed by men and
not river cuts –

Shimmering light
signposts showed
him a path
to a café where
he sugared his Latte’
and spooned Crème’ Brule
during luncheons with
clients and queens –

Until the night
he awoke fully
and walked the whole
of it —
end to end —
slowly etching
fear
into the
bottom of his sleek
leather-soled loafers –

Now the
cast off
cerulean sweater
lays across a
low bed
where keeps himself
hidden in a hotel room –

The kind with loose
doorknobs
and windows
that rattle
when the elevated train
clatters by, where
the orange-red neon
Vacancy
sign sputters and coughs
out his existence –

One time
he bought a bus ticket
to Baltimore
but got lost in the faces.

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