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They take pills regularly- Ode to Philadelphia

28 Apr

When I lived in New Jersey, it was only a quick train ride into the beauteous city of brotherly love. My friends and I would adventure there on weekends and explore into places unknown. Sometimes, getting chased down the street by a homeless man whispering sounds of Slytherin. Sometimes finding ourselves becoming sucked into a jew parade. And other times, merely people watching from the balconies of South Street, (one of my favorite spots.)

Since then, I’ve moved on to North Carolina (and loving it.) Fact is, I still have a warm spot in my cold heart for that peculiar city. Recently in my English class, my teacher assigned us to write a poem personifying a specific place. Trying to emulate Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago,” I decided that Philly would be a great subject for my poem.

There was no way to really logically craft this poem. I literally let the ridiculous thoughts in my mind flow onto the paper, and it somehow shaped itself into a majestical masterpiece. So here it is:

Philuhdelfeeuh

He takes pills regularly
Amitril, Clopixol, Valium, Xanax, Zoloft
Morphine, Fentanyl, Codeine, Oxycodone,
Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine
Abilify, Zyprexa
Doxycycline
no water

smokes two cigs—
two packs

She grabs her purse—
slaps mom and kisses her goodbye
runs out the door

He forgot the cigs—
S%!+

She stripes the clouds with her fingertips
and tap dances on mother earth with her toes

No where to go—
Ben Franklin!

No where to go—
Girls Girls Girls!

He’s at the meeting
AA
Name on the tag—
BiTransSexual Tiger

She’s in a wheelchair
NO, there she goes—
running a marathon—
kicking the handicapped in the gutts
INVINCIBLE!

crash.

Animals are Chirping
sounds wet-willy His ears
Microwave Rings
aromas plug Her nose
he smells Waffles!
she loves Waffles!
he needs a Drink
oh wait—
she’s already drunk

But it’s okay—
They take pills regularly.

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