Labour Day weekend

by dm gillis

the Friday before Labour Day
the freight elevator died it
was the weekend of the 40 moves, as
many as Ali Baba had thieves 

on Saturday night someone’s
slow & imperious daddy said,
haven’t you got extra parts? & my
building manager said, yeah
like you’ve got an extra thymus
or wanted to 

possessions could no longer
maneuver through the rear they
had to enter off the street 

a by-law enforcer
removed her space defending orange cones &
baptised her a violator
she explained her predicament
he chided her like a Jesuit
she told the Jesuit to fuck off 

creation moved slowly & was
lavish with opinion but my
building manager prevailed
she was captain, oh our captain with her
sometimes maniacal
pirate eyes