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Smells Like Brooklyn

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Homeless man smoking
In 45th Street Station.
We'll cut him some slack.

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Nail salon workers
Lined up in a row of five
Taking a selfie

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Uh-oh! Oreo!

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Oreo mayhem
Oreo packet,
rip'd open and crush'd on the
subway floor. Tragic.

—for the kid in all of us

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Springtime in Manhattan

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Tourists in Times Square
Blocking the sidewalk to gape
At an ambulance

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Taxonomy

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Little neighbor girl
Waving to a cardinal:
"Parrot! Hi, parrot!"

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Share the wealth

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Homeless man feeding
his McDonald's French fries to
pigeons. Share the wealth.

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Just resting

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Dead squirrel lies prone,
Chin resting on its two paws.
Looks like it's sleeping.

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4 across

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senior citizens
holding hands like preschoolers
blocking the sidewalk

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Memory Lane

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Their former stoop
She strains at the leash,
Trying to turn the corner.
"Not that way," I say.

But Ella insists,
So I give in and follow.
Not that big a deal.

This short, narrow lane,
It's a valid path back home,
Not such a detour.

Along the sidewalk
We rush, my arm stretched out straight,
Not pausing to sniff.

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The trade-off

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Maggie Thatcher's dead,
but so is Roger Ebert.
Always a trade-off.

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