The minute hand clicks to the right,
underscores the hour.
Outside second story tenement,
a car passes through puddles,
beams of light passing over bedroom walls, ceiling.
The tick tock of the clock.
The scratching of the mice.
Guns snap in the alley,
there are moans.
Quietly close, and lock the window.
Grip a bat.
The scratching of the mice again.
Women crying below window.
Mice have eaten through the cereal box.
Spoiled yogurt, an old banana.
These faces on the bus.
Lesions oozing wet, cancerous puss.
Lines to the lunch truck.
Theme-park food truck, meat in a bun.
The scratching of fingers on keys.
Screams in the halls.
Walls painted red.