The Divine in the City

The Divine in the City
by Carolynn Kingyens
The root of insignificance is significant enough to make you ponder the meaning inside the meaning inside the meaning until you are a vapor,
annoying puffs of pollen,
a saffron-color explosion –
thick fuzz coating cars, lawn chairs,
all things Americana, a rich coating on anything still.
Once in Philadelphia, at the corner of 8th and Arch, I witnessed a homeless man sleeping at the foot of a brick building, protected above by a winged-feathered canopy.
His long, mahogany-colored arms were bent into an awkward pose, resembling a crooked-cradle; how his head almost disappeared into the abyss-shaped hole his arms made.
He was loud; he was contrast
juxtaposed with the tit-tat traffic,
the spit-spat rants, and the slick-Rick, two-stepping Motown Man mic-up across the street, singing about how things are going to get easier;
Ooh, child/Things’ll get brighter.
And I remembered when I had wondered away from my mother once inside a Woolworth’s as she tried on wig after wig after wig.
I was lost but later found by a lovely black woman who smelled like lavender soap. She called me child while holding me close to her meaty hips, making me feel safe.
And I thought about Christ,
and His own homeless imprint on humanity-
Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.
This is the way of The Divine,
where the significant become insignificant, the insignificant significant; where the last will be first
and the first last.

0 thoughts on “The Divine in the City

  1. A formless but quite poetic interweaving of statement, imagery, and personal experience, which proves its point about significance and insignificance clearly and convincingly. I particularly love the description in the first stanza, and the contrast between the mother trying on “wig after wig” in Woolworth’s, and the black woman “who smelled like lavender soap” outside.

  2. i like feeling like i’m gettin’ as close as possible into the mindstream of another. i taste it all. thank you. your perspective may seem formless, but are thoughts of mass? as far as i know they’re disjointed. but i drink coffee and drugs are bad. i react to this like you were in a city, leveled up to seer-mode, after watching the world move (which is way too effin’ fast). totally stimulated so you just backed out. i don’t allow my self into big cities anymore for that reason. so although i’m gettin the feeling this is autobiographical i feel you, tho, that’s not may not be construed as relevant. you may not care, which is fine. we write for our selves, to keep track of our diary entries. i do feel this thread from this coming straight into my brain somewhere. maybe if i was there with you we’d just commence screaming out of hysterical catharsis and poorly attempting to breakdance on the sidewalks. why does christ always come back to us when we capture something new?
    as far as linear stuff: i feel your rhythm is impressive. pretty righteous. rock on.

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