I am New York Part I

I. I am da Bronx
and Brooklyn
Queens, Manhattan and the island of Staten
Hard as steel and soft as satin
I am bodegas and brothels, both items
good enough to eat
the county of kings who rule isolated corners
I am synagogues and mosques
Street churches and Church street
I am the house that Ruth built and george renovated
I am Harlem, Latin and Black
I am betting off track
cases of similac
the black tarp and the crying baby
the skyline whose silhouette will forever be etched in my vision
I am the circle in the square
sex at 6 in the morning
the original boulevard of dreams
I am your first cup of coffee shaken, not stirred
The message hidden among the folds of arms and newspapers
I am gunshots and needles
and crooked cops and sacrificial lambs
I am Broadway and Linden,
Farmers and Myrtle and the Grand Concourse
I am all ethnicities
I am culture and history
the priceless works of art housed next to the museums
I am the park bench reserved for god
the eternal hub in the wheel of industry
I am graffiti and disruption
I am hope amidst corruption
I am the sleepless giant
I am eternally defiant
I am the handshake and the pound
I am the rumbling beneath the ground
I am all in one
I am daunting and appealing and
I am hurting but I am healing
I am, so,

I am, so…

I am so, New York.

I am New York Part I


Joined January 2008

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Artist's Description

NPR held a contest where one was tasked to write a poem as a part of New York. A co-worker who was listening asked me to “write something, quick!”

Turns out there was only five minutes to submit, so I wrote this.

After we submitted, however, I couldn’t turn the writing off (not that I wanted to) and the poem grew, hence the Parts. I turned to II and so on.

There are four parts, so far…

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