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Poetry Friday: In the Street by Mary Jo Bang

July 14th, 2017 (06:00 am)
contemplative

Current Mood: contemplative
Current Song: Wind by Brian Crain

Here we are, on top of the utopian arc. The water is shallow. An oil spill shimmers on the surface like a lens catches light and folds it in front of a mirror. If someone stands next to you, they are there, even when outside the picture. Which makes total obscurity relative to luck and such. Unlike the law, architecture lasts. A façade, like an ideal, can be oppressive unless balanced by a balcony on which you can stand and call down to those in the street, Come over here and look up at us. Aren't we exactly what you wanted to believe in?

- In the Street by Mary Jo Bang

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Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: July 15th, 2017 10:03 am (UTC)

I'm feeling lucky in my relative obscurity. I like being on the arch, but out of view of the camera, not calling attention to myself. More like the architecture or the balcony.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 15th, 2017 02:51 pm (UTC)
books

Nice! :)

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: July 15th, 2017 06:10 pm (UTC)
Apt

An apt quote for these days. Like Mary Lee, i prefer to stay out of the main focus.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 15th, 2017 07:04 pm (UTC)
RE: Apt
books

I wonder if there's an apartment complex simply named Apt...

Posted by: Carol Varsalona (Carol Varsalona)
Posted at: July 19th, 2017 12:44 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday

Thanks for sharing this interesting passage from In the Street.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 19th, 2017 03:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Poetry Friday

Thanks for commenting!

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