THE SOUTH BRONX

(’80 or ’81)

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-Follow the broken brick road
to smashed windows
in the tenement cemetery…

-Along every mugged block,
phantoms in Levi’s
sit on the stoops…

-Graffiti on graffiti,,,
not one plátano left
in the doomed bodega
on Simpson Avenue ///

-Nearby, in the rubble,
dog shit marks the tomb
of the unknown tenant…

-Emigrate to new rhythms,,,
the 7th Ave. Express
leaves behind the past…

-Roaches & rats,
the new landlords
by default.

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