“WALKING OUT OF PROSPECT PARK” and “MUSIC UNDERGROUND”

Prospect

photo by Leslie-Anne Brill

 

 

by Mike Bernicchi

 

walking out of prospect park

 

walking out of prospect park

the city lit/

out of breath

exposing you

pure        pellicular placenta

wears a     coat vest   of

membrane in may

 

umbilical

weeping beech

saturated in stillness

shelter from a sound

timid

[after birth]

to hide a part of me

 

lined with

london planes

unscraped

by flatbush     and free

to get

lost

without a sky

 

and i wear my vest

when i leave and reach

back for         leaves

of grass

but grab brick

instead              i’m a

scared kid again

 

cabs resolved

like steady

hands      hail

darting through

crosswalksaswind

tethered

soul abide

 

walking out of prospect park

is like               walking out of

the womb

[on your own]

two feet

with headphones

in

 

 

 

music underground

 

the city is

a lung

the bard is the

boroughsbreath

aspirated in

the crosstown

stop

 

 

Mike Bernicchi began writing poetry after his deployment to Iraq with the Army in 2005. Shortly after his return, he received his BA in English Literature from the University of South Florida. His poetry has been featured in Reflections, an Edison College publication. He is currently teaching high school English in Port Charlotte, FL, and using his summer off to live in Brooklyn and write about the various aspects of the borough and human interaction in general. His focus lies in the dichotomy of the human within society and nature within the city.