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Summer/Fall 2019

LUNCH ATOP A SKYSCRAPER

 

by Issa M. Lewis

 

Based on the 1932 photo attributed to Charles C. Ebbets

 

Eleven pairs of feet trailing in the breeze, a feast

of eleven lunches made by wives or mothers

waiting solidly on the ground.  Eleven bellies

filling, eleven faces warming in the sun

after hours of guiding steel girders into place

in a place previously reserved for pigeons.

Eleven sets of calloused hands soften their grip

around a sandwich or a pasty or a yeast roll

while eleven minds contemplate the rooftops

of all the other buildings, how small and bald

they seem from up here.

 

 

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