Corner of Guilford and 29th St.
-Tuesday, August 6th, 10 am-
On such a day as today
everything is just as it is.
Hello, you, drinking beer on your stoop;
from your double-parked Buick; you, walking
three dogs; you, dogs; you, dead dragonfly
belly-up on the sidewalk;
you, sun that bakes the dragonfly
and turns my face the color
of the fish-killing algae in the harbor;
you, hot wind full of the smell of dead fish;
and you—yes, you—
listen: I know you: I am you. Help me
summon the ghost of Walt Whitman!
Let us raise Walt’s effigy
above the Washington Monument,
let us rest together in the shade of his hat!
Let his prodigious beard be Baltimore,
and each one of us
as unique and interchangeable
as hairs in that beard.
Poem by Matthew Falk