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Ode to a Hometown

By floragj, Brooklyn, NY

O, city whose arches and whorls can be found on my own fingertips,
You are more beautiful at night.

Guttural moans rise with hot air and the smell of metal through pores of stark concrete.
In the rain, these streets are rags, gray and glistening.

Even now, there is no quiet. Lilting tempo and discordant rhythm are ceaseless.
An iambic urgency counterpoints my own heartbeat. O, Brooklyn
of murmured chaos.

Men on benches are shrouded in the mist of their own breath. You give them nothing
but your garbage for shelter.

An inscrutable fa├žade lines your sky, blocks out the light
of stars. There is no sympathy to be found here.

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