The Hayes Street Bus

in Poetry

By Penny Perry


SanFranNext to me, a woman with bok choy.

Out the window, the clang of rush hour.

Cable cars. Little fires burn and die on wires overhead.

One pink hibiscus streak in a darkening sky.

Tall houses and shops hunch in overcoats of fog.

A pot of geraniums on a stoop.

Three stone steps lead to my son’s flat. A light in the bay window.

The Hayes Street bus tilts up the hill,

carries me to the dark hump of the park.


About Penny Perry

A three time Pushcart nominee, twice for poetry and once for fiction, my stories and poems have been widely published in literary magazines. Fiction Daily tagged my short story “Haunting the Alley,” published online in Literary Mama in August 2011.

My first collection of poetry, Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage, was published in 2012 by Garden Oak Press. The collection earned praise from Marge Piercy, Steve Kowit, Diane Wakoski, and Maria Gillan.

I was the fiction editor for Knot Literary Magazine, a Middle Eastern literary journal. I was a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute, and my movie A Berkeley Christmas aired on PBS. And I’m working on a novel about a school shooting.