Designated location on rooftop deck
Shortcut through the alley;
Suddenly, senses under attack
The city’s underbelly!
Wait to exhale…
Walk faster, closer and closer
to the distant pinpoint of light
Emerge, gasping, from the alley!
Exhale! Inhale! Breathe!
Breathe in, breathe out,
Climb worn stone steps to 4th floor Hurry! Wait! Survive – ’til day’s end.
The alley awaits!
Will I be chosen?
Thought evolves; from alley – to ‘box’ – and back
Nausea gives way to nostalgia; Powerlessness to pride
Responsibility! Right! Privilege!
It’s 1972 – it’s 2012: years elapse; nothing changes.