I am New York Part III

III.
I am the Lillian ward herion addict
strewn against the hot pavement

The chocolate man melting against the hatred and injustice
Whose scarred lips once spouted poetry like a secret garden

The activist who was witness to an overwhelming wave of
Misery until he was overwhelmed and took the needle into
His mouth to numb the lies he told himself in order to sleep

I am witness to his last breath as he lay dying among the
Uncaring medics who swore a Hippocratic oath and became hypocrites,

I am the child whose mango colored glasses were snatched
By life and replaced with the senseless death of a man who
Looked like a relative, looked like an uncle or brother or father
back on the island far south of this one, transplanted
to the misery of countless lives, all screaming in unison
to be set free, carried on the rancid breath that touched lips
at five years old

I am the homeless man mumbling to himself about the glory days
when his word meant something to someone, shuffling among the
ignorance and fear and inhumanity of the practiced downward glance

I am the memory of that man whose arms were sunken in as his
Skin was pulled back to revel his surrender, his release of his body
but his hope, that tainted air, his history carved
recorded
as one with the city for which he sacrificed his life
to move this immovable city one centimeter forward
and was unceremoniously accepted as a casualty,

his face gently caressed by the crooked street that echoes his story
Look under the thompkin’s park rotten rubber, hidden under the brush
at the corner of 9th and Ave. A, some remnants of his word lingers there,
a faded, croaked whisper straining to say,
I was, I still, I am
New York

I am New York Part III

jjgmail

Joined January 2008

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Part three of the living poem

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