The poetic city: “The Speed Merchants of Audubon Park”

Audubon Park, Uptown New Orleans. (Photo by: InSapphoWeTrust, Flickr)

“The Speed Merchants of Audubon Park”

Little boys and little girls
fly down the asphalt
on scooters and bicycles 
cut to size… 
Helmets sporting totems  
from unicorns to Mad Max
they race ahead of vigilant parents 
turning back every so often to make 
sure they are being watched.
And I can’t help wondering what it 
would have been like to have 
experienced such agency at 
such a young age when everything
was still possible. 
Reece Burka


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