Break the Night by Bradley Mason Hamlin

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Break the Night

I have good neighbors
worst they do
is sometimes
talk to me

maybe
they hear me shouting
for irrational
or perfectly sane
reasons

either way
they don’t ask

maybe
they hear
beer bottles break
or a jar of pickles smash
(thrown at my head)
with blonde passion

maybe
they wonder why
a grown man listens
to punk rock
or bubblegum pop
so loudly

call the cops
911
the Sex Pistols
Tony Orlando & Dawn

invite them all
over
and
break
the thin wine glasses
against the bricks

for Bob
holding up that goddamn
cheeseburger
double-decker forever

for Aquaman
and all the band-wagon
comedians
court jesters
parrot-repeating clichés

for the Ramones
and all the kids wearing
their merch-shirts
but never bought an album

and
for all the pissed off chicks
in the suburbs
that wanna throw shit
break shit
talk shit

bring it on.

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