Central Park, New York City

May NYC2 NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Where waters tide

‘Round canyons

Carved by time

And ice,

Other canyons

Rise

Man-made

To tickle skies.

 

Where greenery

Respite to

Millions

Provides,

Sleep memories

Of others

Who used to there

Reside.

 

Where footfalls mask

The horns of cars

And rustles hold

More sway,

There breathes the city

That like me

Many call home

Today.

 

 

 

For the dVerse challenge: take me with you

 

 

 

40 thoughts on “Central Park, New York City

    • Thank you, Roth! I’m so glad this spoke to you! The history of Central Park, too, and the communities that were evicted to enable its construction as well as those who benefited (and continue to benefit) from having a Central Park, all are part of the fabric of this city. I love the contrasts of the old and new, the built and the natural. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you!
      Glaciers carved the island of Manhattan, and if drained out of water, there would be downward canyons to surround it, perhaps like a ‘negative’ film of its skyline. πŸ™‚ And … yes, Central Park is considered the ‘green lung’ of the City … and many of us take a deeper breath in it as everything else recedes. Even now, even with tented field hospitals and masked everyone, it is a respite. πŸ™‚

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  1. I love your poem. It rings true. It sings to me. The poetry (8 line stanzas with line 4 and 8 rhyming) has a name. What is it? Man-made canyons tickle the sky… so clever. And the picture is so inviting. Thank you for the visit!

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    • Thank you, Sarah! Yea, it is an impossibility and and improbability and yet … there it is. Not without a cost to many, but also with an eventual benefit to many … May we always remember all of it, in its complexity, in this complex city. πŸ™‚ And it DOES bring a sense of opening! πŸ™‚

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  2. Love that “tickling the sky”…..Central Park is the emerald gem in the midst of city life. So glad you took us there! When our children were 7 and 9 (in their mid-40s now) we visited a cousin who was a hip single woman in a high power job living right in NY City. She took us on a carriage ride around the park; to Tavern on the Green; and capped it off with great seats to see the Rockettes! Our kids still talk about that trip! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the memories πŸ™‚

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    • Yay for the memories! Sounds like you had an iconic NYC trip indeed! πŸ™‚
      I happen to be (questionably hip, not high powered but) living in NYC, just a handful of minutes walk from Central Park, and it is indeed a marvelous place to be. πŸ™‚ A bit nuts these days, but still gorgeous. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Beverly! Yes, nature is impressive in many ways that surpass what humans can (try to) reproduce … or imitate. That said, humans are pretty smart, and as long as they use their brilliance for good, I’m cool with it. When they don’t … well … don’t get me started … πŸ˜‰

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