Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On Craig and Fifth: A Tribute

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

On Craig and Fifth: A Tribute

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Roses, chrysanthemums, daisies

carnations and baby's breath

presided over by you, Miss So-What

who sits on cans and newspapers

and whose name I finally learn

when I, the nameless stranger

stand guard one day after you holler

in the bitter December - Hey

get over here lady. I have to pee

I could pretend this corner of Fifth

is a vestige of a foodless market

in Amsterdam, Bruges or Montignac

when I come to Pittsburgh on weekends

and watch you sell day after day

irises that look like they have toes

and some long-stemmed orange gladioli

even on Sunday. But I am sure you

do not care about the sadness of flowers

your eyes instead on walkers and bikers

and the panhandlers of Craig Street,

your fingerless gloves sometimes holding

a wet cigarette or a lot of change

I had a friend who told a story of a man

who walked up to her and kissed her here

then bolted down a street. …

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