Poetry

Traffic Island; Corolla Island

Traffic Island   Traffic island on 69th and Myrtle in Ridgewood, the bricks edge to edge evenly in perfect rectangles except the borders where the curb shores them in irregularly, cut short or slanted around the feet of the bus benches, mailbox, flower pot.   Their grid is spiral-plotted by the feet of a fervent believer. A spell of twirling, stepping left or right with fingers and wrists torquing an invisible sphere, twirling again, the olive-drab thawb ruffling out like an Elizabethan collar, the taqiyah tilted back with the back of the head, eyes heavenward. And then I see he…

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