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Heart of the City, a Neighborhood Love Song
I love you, East Colfax, with your used condom and lavender blooming.
I love your broken glass and silver maple limbs.
I love you like a homemade kite caught in a telephone wire.
ove you: engines revving and bass pumping;
a neighborhood with the sleeves cut off, an apple sliced down the middle.
I love you East Colfax,
with your injera rising, your pupusas frying, your jerk chicken grilling.
With you every stop light is a different Friday night dance party.
With you a hundred languages carry on a single breeze.
With you the corner park is a stadium and the Dairy Queen a universe.
I love you even if all your swimming pools have been filled in,
even if your sidewalks have been forgotten,
even if you don’t love me back:
I can’t have him camped out like that, scaring all my customers away.
How do I send my children to a skeleton staffed school?
What do you mean ‘don't walk alone at night’? Isn’t the moon protection enough?
They don’t all love you, East Colfax,
in a city where they want to prey on your good bones and strip you of your solid roots,
some will think you are a small spec squeezed in between modern money giants:
but I know you are the giant, I know that you
are the heart.
By Abby Templeton-Greene .
Abby writes, teaches and resides in the East Colfax neighborhood. To read more of her work visit her at