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"Harlem #1"

People live passively in Harlem
just comfortably enough
to not have to deal with Harlem
To assert their privilege in silence
and be visibly invisible

What would it be like
to sink hands in the quick sands of Harlem?
To really know neighbors in a
"Can I borrow an egg" kind of way?
To say "good morning" to a stranger
on the corner of St. Nick and 150th

and mean it?

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