The Cost of Living

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Photo: Inge Vandormael

 

She had come to make a new life.

She found illness. She found death.

And life, perhaps, hiding in the shadows

Of her convalescing sorrow,

Waiting

To take hold.

 

She had come in search of meaning.

She found a babble of confusion.

Within. Without.

Rising skyward. Buried underground.

She found hope, too. For things she didn’t know

Even had names

But sprouted meaning

In the corners of what she believed

Was ruined,

But had in fact been opened

To allow in the winds of change.

 

She came seeking answers,

And found the cost

Of living

Paid for little more than added questions,

And that she had to look

Quite closely

At what wasn’t there,

To find

What she did not even know

She had been searching for.

 

 

 

Photo: The old Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island (a narrow island set in the East River between Queens and Manhattan).

For What Pegman Saw: Manhattan Island

 

City Space

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Up and high

They pierce the sky.

Clothing floor

By floor

With glass,

They climb

Through city space

En masse.

In large cranes

O’er river,

Rails and roads,

They build Manhattan

Load

By load.

 

 

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Construction

 

Odd Ride

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

A pick up?

Jeep duplex?

A jacuzzi inside?

This hybrid is

A heck

Of an over-decked

Ride.

 

(Yep, this one’s odd even for Manhattan …)

For Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge