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I am Belvedere Castle...

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E 79th St & Park Ave New York NY 10021 USA

I am Belvedere Castle, weather station,
watchtower, pick-up paradise, rising
out of Vista Rock, a Victorian Folly
(or so said Olmstead); overlooking the

Delacorte Theatre, I cast shadows on
kings and beckon tourists, a home to some,
a place for a quiet lunchtime break
on a warm and busy May afternoon;

high amid the wisteria, close to the bird's nests,
I sit above time, watching the world climb
my rocky staircase to find space, sky and,
(not incidentally) a great City view.

The temperature in Central Park is now
71 degrees, and it's sunny.
I am Belvedere Castle, a small eye,
taking the measure of the timeless City.

-Rita Tobin

Credits: For the 2006 People's Poetry Gathering, City Lore and the Bowery Poetry Club invited New Yorkers to take on the personas of their favorite New York City places. The following was submitted by Rita Tobin. . .