Poem: day off – edge of columbus park

where i sit in warm weather
having bought brown rice for the sparrows only
read and watch
old chinese
hunt for empty bottles to redeem,
tourists – some looking lost,
nicky- a homeless woman from nigeria
who calls me mum and sits for awhile
refusing addresses for shelters
but will offer me some of her mango,
people tossing bread for the pigeons
some pigeons with missing toes or feet
having escaped traps
that would have made them dinner,
the black buddhist monk
with wisdom in his chosen name
walks around them
as they eat

@2013 – Vittoria repetto

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Posted on August 19, 2013, in italian american lesbian poet, italian american poet, NYC lesbian poet, NYC poet, poetry, www.vittoriarepetto.wordpress.com and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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