I saw it writ big on the new building’s side:
Hayes Valley Isn’t
Just a State of Mind
It’s a State of Being.
I doubted that credo out loud—
Its ontology, its epistemology. No one answered me.
Is it true?
How can one know?
Only faith might illuminate this mystery.
I strained mine to imagine someone say,
“I guess I never thought about it that way,
but I suppose it’s so,” then shell out
For a million-dollar studio.
Written By: Jason Szyldik
About the Author: Jason Szydlik studied poetry at City College.