Showing posts with label nyc. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nyc. Show all posts

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Border Places

Rusty with life I flee the stainless streets,
escaping to the border places,
neon blinks through half a sign.
Dark wood angles jut and flounder
on their way to make up a house.
Galvanized garbage can broken on the sidewalk,
lid almost covering the mess inside.
Loose wires hang over broken grass,
holding on in the front-yard dust.
Green planks cross-hatch behind the steps,
covering the belly of the porch.
Inside the floor is still swept clean;
There's a curtain instead of a door.
Hangman stalks the inside house,
waiting for a turn of events.
Across the Harlem Meer

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Clutching after reality I make my way in the setting sun

(Seeking out the unlit door,
Paper bag rumpled in the corner,
Old man hunching up the dirty steps.)

I walk through the iron-studded door into the mythic sanctuary

(Walls covered with metaphors,
Banks of unlit penny candles,
Stained glass.)

I light the wooden stick from a nearby flickering prayer

(Smell the old dust and new wax,
Kneel on the seasoned wood,
Listen for the echoes in the cubbyholes.)

One for you, one for me, one for the middle ground