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 […]

Homeboy Political Science

(Sunday lunch at St. Xavier) Christ hung out with homeboys, whores, hustlers, and homeless; Render unto Caesar. Shorty was holding court…..the line formed…..all listened..all watched. Now…I’m telling you…we gonna be stuck with Hillary, an “oh shit,” was heard from those in line awaiting their Sunday blessing. See….the Republicans got nobody….nobody, Shorty pulled his earplugs out, […]

Dark Eyes

On the sidewalk in front of St. Pat’s… a feast was placed. A pizza covered by cardboard….eggplant sandwiches wrapped in brown paper doilies, salads in plastic bowls….an array of dressings; decisions…decisions…decisions… Picasso’s blue lady looked down at the buffet….then looked at me….down at the treasure….back for my approval…. I nodded yes…..a smile…. a wink was […]

The Window

Rich autumnal  colors bring memories of you. An algae covered bell accents the picture; a tiered fence between us. It is Indian Summer in November; the dying never looked so good. Source: The Window

Space

The line was drawn; his side, my side; do not cross. Little by little items were strategically placed; shoes, a towel, dress slacks hungover the bench, a kolpik worn… words…Hey, do you mind?….do you mind? What? what….give me a minute..this space is small…a minute I ask… why not… You got a problem? No….no problem… You […]

Overheard

(diner on Lexington, Upper Eastside) Pass the salt… I told Sol…. Told him what…fucking egg salad… Told him call you on Thursday…you could fit… Why? pepper…pass the pepper. Take the call? What? from who..why’d you do this? I’m obligated… Fuck that….fuck obligations.. (Lunch at Mainchance Drop in Center) Yo pass the salt this motherfucker got […]

Saint Hilda

Sour and rancid…she drove the natives wild; bellowing, yelling, covering mouths and carrying-on; Christ put up with less. Piss covered, spat upon….the fragile Latina smiled with arms outstretched… A giggle…a wiggle…while servants of the poor poured powders and sprays; a vain attempt for whom? Her laugh grew louder, louder, and louder with interspersed prayers, “save […]

Dearest Viera

Viera Wang sat next to me at the diner; a double take was took. My wife wore a dress of yours, I told Wang…..lovely…just lovely. Oh, thank you, she said; went back to The Times; coffee was stirred, cream was poured. She left me for a Shylock; imagine that…Still, she looked beautiful in that Vera […]

Modern Mugging

I was mugged; smartphone pointed at my head, by an Ivy Leaguer sporting a business suit in Zuccatti Park. Give me everything, he whispered sternly; I want it all..I gave…he took. Within minutes all was gone; debit cards, visa cards, mortgage payments, my Metra card, Social Security card, Medicaid card, my hopes, my history, my […]