INDEPENDENCE DAY, HELL'S KITCHEN

A new bird sails in deep, blue evening skies
Triumphant over thick, potable air;
Persistant thunderous cracking sounds remote.
On a roof, out of sight, someone holds a string.
I know my neighbor walks. The dragon flies.

INDEPENDENCE DAY, HELL'S KITCHEN

MaralynSpeaking

New York, United States

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Artist's Description

Leading up to the Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations, we lived through days of cacophony in my neighborhood west of Times Square as contraband firecrackers exploded through the neighborhood in sweltering heat…and then I saw the kite rising above it all. It was my first sighting of a roof-flown kite and it took me some time to deduce its source. I subsequently learned that rooftop kite flying used to be a popular sport in New York’s ghettoes. Some combative practitioners would maneuver kite strings encrusted with broken glass to cut down rival kites. What I observed, however, felt very zen-like.

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