1st Avenue by Bellevue

Man….what’s showin my pipi to dat kid back ’98 got ta do with anything?….it’s not like I put it in da motherfucker’s mouth now is it? he paused, cellphone clutched to his ear, Right, the crinkled wrinkled black man stammered inbetween sips from a clear pint, naw man….it’s some racist bullshit…..I’m sayin dat da motherfucker […]

Lenny in Hell

(Based on Lenny from Harold Pinter’s, The Homecoming) Through the steam….I see ya….bunch of Nancys eyeing me…..givin me the look of a fat man at a Christmas goose… Stop with the lookin…..ya wanna show ya old puffter?…..aye……a show…..a real show ya can tell all the mates back at the pub bout…. No difference to me…..I […]

Another Paycheck

Money comes after long stretches of time…..days….weeks…months….you get the picture….. Then…. in one twist of the knob…..a touch upon a dial pad…..a debit card swiped…  it’s gone…… as if it never was…and no…..you cannot have seconds… And people walk by signs held by squatting hawkers whose last dimes were spent in bathroom stalls at The […]

Americanized Korma

Hip music played while pretty boys in black brought water and pushed the naan…..white table cloths and a fully stocked bar of bitters and Bombay gin in misty glass….this is civilized…… American couples of different colors texted during dinner while Purusha voiced what needed to be said: this is not Korma….. There is no flavor…..no […]

STOP…….PLEASE……STOP

Too much…too….too…much…. There is no escape…..a forced noise in coffee shops, bars, grocery stores, diners, churches, hideaways, homeless shelters, Pilates classes, libraries…..Stop…please….stop… No peace….no stillness…..just loudness twenty-four hours a day……everywhere…..New York…Chicago…..St. Louis…..Wichita…Patterson……Akron…..Harmony Grove….will it ever stop…… The celebration of nothing…. simply alone….. yourself and silence……uninterrupted silence….here’s to zero…. No speeches…..no off kilter notes….no unwanted occurrences…nothing […]

Burning Dubai

CNN showed the riches, the madness, the spectacular……Hotel burning while celebratory fireworks lit up the sky…. It was so perfect…….so American….. it could only happen in Dubai….. Then a commercial for a feminine hygiene product came on…..why not….. Posted from WordPress for Android

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 […]