The neighbor

Original Text: 
© Circles on the Water: Selected Poems of Marge Piercy (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982): 38. 811.54 P37.6 Toronto Public Library
1Man stomping over my bed in boots
2carrying a large bronze church bell
3which you occasionally drop:
4gross man with iron heels
5who drags coffins to and fro at four in the morning,
6who hammers on scaffolding all night long,
7who entertains sumo wrestlers and fat acrobats--
8I pass you on the steps, we smile and nod.
9Rage swells in me like gas.
10Now rage too keeps me awake.
Copyright 1982 Circles on the Water: Selected Poems of Marge Piercy Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Start Year: 
1969
Publication Notes: 
Hard Loving: Poems by Marge Piercy (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1969): 23. PS 3566   I4H3   Robarts Library
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2000.
Rhyme: 
Special Copyright: 

<b>This poem cannot be published anywhere without the written consent of Marge Piercy, Leapfrog Press or Knopf permissions department.</b>