Jellyfish and Vinegar

breaks the bone

is on the throne

duck egg / skin anchor

ball and alcoholic chain

(submissive cucumber)

the weight of defeat

[on the perimeter of Times Square squared]

she took a Polaroid picture
and placed it on her pillowcase

next to her head in bed, whispering

a mantra
of multiplication tables


prayers answered


Jonathan Hayes
Jonathan Hayes lives in San Francisco, California. He has taught poetry at 826 Valencia – a writing center for children – located in the Mission District of the City.