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Poems Grow In Brooklyn

In prospect park where
old and young walk
hand in hand
on a timeless secret path
inhaling poetic love
poems grow in Brooklyn

In bedford stuyvesant where
biggie’s soul meanders the blocks
providing rawness and fervor
for spoken words as it hurdles
off lips of young street artist
in a hip fresh street style
poems grow in Brooklyn

In Flatbush where jamaican
rasta warriors are mixing
reggae with urban poetic rhymes
in singing a new ensuing
redemption song
poems grow in Brooklyn

in bushwick where
young poetic borinquens
inspired by the resonance of albizu campos
cry out with island ache in their
persistent gentrification wars
poems grow in Brooklyn

In williamsburg
where hipsters with
slick metaphors are
dreaming of becoming
the next Whitman while
the orthodox hasidic remain
in traditional verse
poems grow in Brooklyn

In brighton beach where
young and old generations
walk the boardwalk with
pushkin’s lyrical love poems
dancing in their heads
while the ocean breeze
provides the background
poems grow in Brooklyn

in Chinatown sections
where old generations pass on
meng jiao traveller songs
of a mother’s love
while they struggle to live
in a diverse community
poems grow in Brooklyn

In brownsville where
baraka’s dutchman
sails the street of the neighborhood
while combining fire, spirit and
revolutionary passion into an explosion
of hip street rap songs
poems grow in Brooklyn

in sheepshead bay where
on hot summer nights
old and young
share poetic fuggedaboutit tales
of goodfellas and
sting operations
poems grow in Brooklyn

in coney island, where
black, brown, yellow and white
divest their ethnicity and
become culturally naked
creating a visual rainbow
on its sandy beach
poems grow in brooklyn

in sunset park where pita amor’s
yo soy mi casa is sung
in a radical way
while juana ines de la cruz is
the new spoken word
poems grow in Brooklyn

in the old red hook when the
public housing projects
was the community landmark
now new arriving young artist
composing and writing
in joyful poetic struggle and
expressing a new type
of urban guerrilla art
poems grow in Brooklyn

in bensonhurst where the
ghost of Saturday night fever dances
with a hoary of dreams of dodgers fans,
reminiscing poetically about ebberts field
and jackie robinson stealing home plate
in the world series
poems grow in brooklyn

in greenpoint, where old
polish widows poetically pray
in empty catholic churches
for the return of the old neighborhood
poems grow in brooklyn

in east new York
where residents dream
nightmares of the coming
of the ghost of gentrification
while they poetically
struggle in daily survival
poems grow in brooklyn

from brooklyn heights
down to the sea gate community
across to mahattan beach
back up to the navy yard
brooklyn is the place
where emma lazarus
words breathes and survives
while allowing the essence
of langston hughes’s dreams
to dance with the soul
of kahlil gibran’s wisdom, alongside
the spirit of pablo neruda in
a sweet new song
that is Brooklyn, a place
of continuous transformation
where poems grow
Sunday, November 8, 2015
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Aileen Figueroa 16 February 2016
What Oh My God, This is Excellent! , Excellent! You have catcher all of Brooklyn, I live in Red Hook, This Poem should be shared more often. I felt like I was walking in those place as I was reading the poem. Thank you
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Shakil Ahmed 08 November 2015
a nice poem, i enjoyed the poem, thanks for sharing.
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