love letter

nyc

i’m definitely not down with that vibe
red devil barbecue grills within the suburban tribe
manicured lawns, thirty piece china sets
garbage disposal units and non-allergic chia pets
two cars parked in a freshly paved drive
an overly friendly postman to make the conversation live
neighborhood watchers to keep trespassers away
tree lined roads without a glimpse of decay
i don’t know
it all sounds too perfect to me
give me the cultured grit of urbania
that’s my living philosophy
stumbling outside on a thursday night
running into a mixed couple just might
kick off a discussion of world changing events
or lead to a park with the live band tents
a subway ride away lives the van goghs and monets
just across town are the son seals and crays
downtown is juniors famous cheesecake
no matter what kind of cheese you make
ok
so i navigate around the homeless population
and sometimes the pace can cause exasperation
but when i lie down at night
and think about what will come tomorrow
i know i won’t be left in the dark
because the city constantly calls for me to borrow
a ride
block by block
tick tock goes the clock
neighborhoods change faces
new storefronts, new races
all in a blink of an eye
why ask why?
all you can do is hold on for the ride
there’s nothing like this man made riptide
life in the city ain’t a pity
just give me a metrocard and 24 hours
and i’ll come back with found knowledge and flowers
for you