5th & Chestnut: August 23rd 2011 2:00 PM

Two one-way streets
di­mpled with tourist’s tomato pie cheeks
Colonials trade cigarettes
and the buggies linethe next fare minutes behind.

“This way sir…”

“Sir, keep moving.”

The horses heal, nay,
gallop against fender benders.
mount and jerk the reins
red tape around ‘em

“Someone said earthquake…”“I left California!”“I just can’t do those stairs today.”“Everyone Stay Calm and Away From the Buildings.”

Tradesmen detrain from scaffolds
a dithered stew of reflective vest
chase the length of renovation
arms in redress sever traffic. “GO! GO! GO!”


“I don’t know!”

“The Fuckin’ buildin’s comin’ down!”

“Get Back!”

“I don’t know!”

“We all felt it.”

“Get these people out of here!”

“Please, keep moving.”Washington Square files full
office workers chewcellular interruption
thumbing hand held news apps
Babies three and four to crib
lazily tease their way through
and the crowd coos them.
“That’s a little too far…”


About Joe
I collect crazy, and catch kitchens on fire.

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