meet me uptown

30 poems in 30 days
day 10: april 16, 2010
(photography by kwesi abbensetts)

meet me uptown

this ain’t one of them corners mami
brown skinned girls from way uptown ain’t got nothing to shake
no estoy vendiendo el pecho
spanish babies go hungry at night above the bodegas
and maria dances with her eyes closed in the corner of the room
maria maria
way uptown willie learned to dance
muevase los pies willie
you hear that music muchacho
and if you close your eyes long enough you’ll swear tito never died
meet me uptown mami
take the one or the three
funcione con y no falte su tren
i’ll be uptown outside the corner deli where luis and ramon traded punches after trading looks over maria
maria maria
encuentreme uptown
meet me up top
let’s dance baby

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