The Corner of Market and Memorial

Last night, while driving home after teaching a writing class at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ…

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The Corner of Market and Memorial – Paterson, NJ

November 17, 2016 – 9:43pm

Red traffic light
smears, like dawn,
across the dark street

where a boy, tethered
to his mother
with braids

of love and fear,
collects bottle caps,
scattered near the curb,

glimmering as bright
as promise.


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