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I am a muggy fly-filled day...

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Westchester Ave & Hoe Ave Bronx NY 10459 USA

I am a muggy fly-filled day
inside a Bronx courtyard

reeking of diapers,
mice-filled glue traps,
take-out tins of rice and beans,
where the believer stands behind a long line
of sick junkies
until it's his turn
to push his last
ten dollar bill
through the hole in the wall
convinced
a dynamite sack of dope
is going to be pushed back.

-Gil Fagiani

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.