She’s Gone

The blurred black n white showed the results of a doctor’s knife and an industry’s requirements…duck bill lips….drawn–in face….a Brazilian Blow Out…..but….. those eyes…..still the same….blue….very blue…..or…were they green…. Words were used….”craft beers”……..”branding”…….”bringing music to the masses”……”look for me at the end of the bar”….467 followers……she would be made soon…. Il Duce had become what […]

Loosies, Loosies, Loosies

The big man stood outside the joint waiting to serve the public, Loosies… loosies…..loosies, he barked at vagabonds with bags over shoulders, bills in hand….. Today’s special, he bellowed like a barker, two loosies for a buck….two for a buck….niggas you can’t beat that….. Slaves to menthols paid at the alter, greeted the merchant at […]

The TrazodoneTrade

Jimmy the Spic was dealing pills at a rented table in Mickey D’s; a small coffee buys you thirty minutes….. The wiry Puerto Rican with the drawn inverted pyramid face slurped sugar from packets hid under his hood; always ask for extra… You wanna sleep, he rattled off in a quick harsh tongue, I got […]

Normal

It is winter in New York City…. the temperature has finally hit freezing; this is normal…. People trample upon each other through DO NOT WALK signs…..looking down at colored mini screens….accents of Russian, French, Middle Eastern, The Bronx, and the almost gone, but not forgotten Brooklyneese, bounce off tongues as cop whistles are blown, and […]

Jesus, Judas, and Mary

a love supreme….a love supreme….a love supreme, Coltrane and his crew prayed into the night while Jesus, Judas, and Mary drank from the cup… dancing, hands interlocked, hips gyrating, and kisses given freely at St. Pete’s Place… no cover required… all were invited…. we sure did stir up some shit, Jesus drank… toasted to all in […]

Bullet Proof

Fat Azi stood at the register; protected from the thugs, the gangbangers, the stickup men, those that pack, and those without a cent in a holey pocket. Fried chicken, fried fish, French fries, fried okra, fried pies, fried, fried, fried….welcome to Kennedy’s Chicken in The Bronx on Hunts Point….nothing special ’bout the specials… Gimme three […]

A Strange Fit

Coltrane blew Naima on a Parisian jazz station while a homeless Jew ate a sausage biscuit from Mickey D’s in Herald Square. Its 63 degrees in December, NYPD TERRORIST TASK FORCE cops on corners, an immigrant seeks out comfort in hiding, and the mayor’s a Red Sox fan; strange times. And here I sit….drinking rented […]

Christmas Eve with Rickie Lee

It’s Christmas Eve and Rickie Lee Jones keeps singing as people carry bags, children saunter by with painted faces, and squirrels beg with a smile in Union Square, I and Bragger and Jr. Lee… Crying comes easy……it’s up…..it’s down…racing thoughts…wishing and watching….wishing and watching…… It’s wanting to leave and needing to stay…..everything is temporary…the only […]

Meees and Mines

Hats, gloves, socks, bars of soap, hotel bottles of shampoo, panties of different colors, baby powder, condoms packed in wrappers baring the NYC logo, a few cookies, and candy canes were laid out on folding tables at the drop-in center; Christmas came early. The mass of goods was picked through quickly and thoroughly by men, […]

A Christmas Orange

Three urban wanderers crossed my path at Gramercy Park; a young bull pushing a keg…..a Millennial texting, talking, multitasking her way to a spiritual awakening……a lady of a bygone era pulling a Radio Flyer filled with favorites. So sorry, she pivoted, almost on point…I do apologize…. What….what are you talking about? I almost ran you […]