We burnt the waters of the city with
M80s exploding on the East River,
soda can grenades popping off
under the Alphabet City Sky…..
New York streets,
Caribbean and Filipino teens
adrift in a city
stained with graffiti tags and crack vials.
sailed on boards,
up to York Avenue
down to South Street
taking breaks in-between in
Washington Square Park
as clouds of weed were darkening the sky,
and cigarettes were dangling from our lips
and butterfly knifes fluttering in our hands….