Illustrated by Deborah Alalade.

To: Avenue D & East Seventh Street
New York, NY 10009

From: Maxine Flasher-Duzgunes

When an eastward road

is your walkabout

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these stacked houses

with green faces

red mouths you imagine 

knocking

and vines you climb

to reach the window

through which you thought you lived

An admiring glance

at the something

that’s never yours

those far away stone steps

leading to the lock that 

unclicks you

the door that enters 

your ideas

when it was the you who wished to enter

An afternoon of space

when suddenly there’s nowhere

for your shoes to 

land 

inside your schedule

except this wandering

alphabet calendar 

of avenues

losing its leaves

Email Maxine at [email protected]

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