Saturday, March 14, 2009

Number 1 to Harlem

Baby say, “Coooo...” and gurgles it's spit
Momma, wipe and make with funny face

Fat Boy say to other Fat Boy
he has low self esteem and wipes his brow

Black Girl look and challenge, look and challenge
Black boy look back at Black Girl

Old Woman sit with eyes closed
and breath in without breathing

Little chinese girl tell man in black coat
“the bag is heavy”, in metallic valley girl voice

Brown Boy look at Blonde Boy and smile
Blonde Boy look at Brown boy and look away

Rich Lady with perfect hair face and body
look at her reflection She admire her beauty, lament her age

Dark Girl loud as a crowd, all on her own, say ,
“20 dollars IS A LOT A MONEY!”

Dark Man Laugh and say, “Mmm, Hmm!”
with big fat lips and thick neck

Tender Boy scratch his crotch, hand in trouser pocket
look to see if no one notices...I don't notice

Fat Coat push, Fat Coat push, Fat Coat push, Fat Coat
on winter subway, small sad head poke out with no smile

Gay Man spread his legs and his newspaper and
tap his foot, both his foots, with no rhythm

White Folk get off on 110th street
black, brown, yellow, go on...

116th, Yellow folk get off
Old Tramp beg for money

“20 dollars is a lot of money“, I remember fondly
145th next stop...Harlem is HOME.

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