The Streets of Harlem

January 10, 2009
By Misha Hartman, Verona, PA

Little bob to the walk,
Little slang to the talk,
Little jazz, little fop.

Dark night,
Humble light,
Soundless beat, breathless dark.

Wide streets,
Sharp corner,
Unpaved, concaved.

Small shop,
Broken in,
Now closed.

Fast cars,
Smooth pace,
Round corners, cutting shrill.

Loan drifter,
Old newspaper,
Street cleaner, never cleans enough.

Artful bandit,
Skillful ruse,
Angelic victim, whispering screams.

News stands,
Rusted bench,
Tomorrow’s print, yesterday’s scoop.
All in the streets of Harlem


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