West Harlem: The Broadway Artery

Created by Cebe Loomis

August 2015

it has been written that the promise land 

can be found above 137th street

jazzed snapbacks and fast words

a renaissance and a new-wave

corner pick ups and stoop drop-offs

the sweats managed by sidewalk shade

a game of straight dominos

and some bumpin' merengue

dominican ices 

and too many ambulances

mexican sopas 

and forgotten cemeteries

a police raid 

jams up the school buses

maybe the promised land

is in the abandoned P.S. on 145th

the one with the shoes 

hanging from the telephone wires out front

or maybe it's being bought

by that taco truck parked outside

the vacant classrooms

the one that services the faded nights

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