Clason Point Gardens Poetry


After you hop off the Bx5
At the corner of Story and Noble
Head up the block to Hot Millz
24/7 convenience Lotto and Deli
for your preferred roll ups dollar Arizona
and Ham & Cheese on roll
before you go back to the lab
so you can eat relax zone out and don’t
have to go back outside to pass the chessboards
see Dee Lush wrinkle under orange ambiance
every Bloka watching cars criss cross twisted lane
what set you claim
what gang you bang
what up Tone session
why you keeping it moving
no longer chill while all the broke homies linger
everyone grew up passed on left behind
once was great
now outside way too late
lost can’t find
salvation on sale at corner store
no way to escape
we here until we find something better
never forget foundation
remember everywhere you fell down
scraped skin thought wouldn’t stop bleeding
what a feeling bags getting more brolic
Walk around every brick got similar flame product
So much fire
Burned away potential of powerful pueblo
Continuing legacy of broken barrio
Who will organize the tenants of Clason Point
All those years
Generations squeezed in couches
Any possibility of public private propriety
Instead infectious anxiety
PSA 8 still lurking for a security slip
Overnight trip
Throggs Neck Housing Precinct not even
43rd across slick street
Right next to People’s Firehouse with
Season’s Greetings Wreath
Peek from childhood windows
Might find best friend from next door
Paying drive thru visit
Cement spirit mimic ice grill lyrics
Every Soundview rapper brags about
What guap they got
But you real Sangre
Under federal indictment
Move quiet about how you get it
Nah so loud
Always advertise whatever emptiness available
Wise guy grey hairs gracefully exit
Out the game but you stayed past your prime
Now a shorty shit stain
Who used to be your doula
Wants to splatter extinction
Until you ain’t safe
To smoke in the same place
Bullets chase sharp poison
Bitter liquor sweet revenge
Don’t exist when you still on same bench
Disappear before sun drops temperature
Raises death as topic of conversation
Quick casualty
Coughing up what’s left of courage
Creeping around chest
Powerful mind weakest flesh
Fool school over sweaty chichos
At sausage fest sponsored by Hennessy XO
Very special
Influential insight inhibited because so much
Dumb shit disrupted long lineage
What legacy can we establish for our descendants
Bequeath reputation rotten hatred foul doctrine deceit
Pass along plugs if legit
Let me hold whatever’s remaining
After love evaporates
Meet up at Jimbo’s for best breakfast in regular radius
Built about where we been
Begin to embrace where we at
Hood is toxic trap
But our families held on to us
Push us forward never back onto cool curb pillow
Snooze how much lost
But rest of life here to gain
Every garden mobbing
Where’s the promise of hungry money
Historical district of urban planning
Benign neglect failure follows fickle finance
Food stamps fed us
Malnourished with nutritional deficiencies
From false profit
Never acknowledged for ambitious stories
Instead robbed of liberty
Lack of freedom
Prisoners of ignorant glory
Can’t blame brothers
Bearing beastly burden vicious victims
Of political impoverished public housing system
But bredren
It ain’t the illuminati
That’s killing our righteous living


Searching for Optimism

Pull up

Exchange routes

Either wise or points high
Swiftly drive by

Interrupt pacing
Racing against what we facing

Immeasurable odds
Forever filthy

Who will feel me
Look over like I love this guy
CPG benches type high

Manana embrace next level
Peace power and justice

Follow faith endless
Always family

Simply stuck
When we all soured up
And don’t give a fuck

What will try enough
Laughing while lurking
Who regards how you searching

Shut down
Next caveman catharsis
Sag with cane sugar

Props for going brazy
Syrupy corn

Exclusive fire
Throat raspy
Strip club market niche

3rd still scrapping everlasting
Past margin figure that’s cool
Extent of burned out topology

Make up craters age
Slams gravity on hollowed out lungs

This ain’t going nowhere
Soother gotta travel on rugged forest
Break fences ignite under branches

So hype you can taste spliffy saliva
Straight stuntastic rental stash

Riding slow obeying traffic laws
Against crooked bookings central
Anthem celebrate suffocating
What we wish to own

Original god building with ancient wisdom
How was you listening to concrete breathe
Lyrics classic quotable
Chasing chickens

Paint perfect trap talk
Young’n undersmell dank aroma
Light depression heavy clouds
No more or left

Take a leak test
Sum up all your experiences
Results ain’t no epiphany

Extinguished side on
Who back you got

Overstand how reckless fools are
Stooges hobbling for crossover
Ankles all ashy

This brother preaching homicide
When he needs hope and a hot meal
Cool room to crash

When everybody bounce
You still listening to your hood hits
While crew said Fuck You
You stayed wanting end of night el

If flock’s dead who can guide sheep
Towards revival

Resurrection ain’t easy
If respiration’s potential is cloudy
Fizzy piss determines which way you drive

When we gonna thrive
Absolutely complacent with
Public housing paradise

Yap where you at
False prophets fake followers

For Venom can only hope that we apply
Lessons to strengthen next generation

No guidance for chancla entourage
Pinball piff spots perhaps
Next presidents will have passed time like this

Illuminate infrastructure injected inferiority
Within each puff how powerful
Parents potted where your youth lit it loud

Had it once upon a had to grow up
Gain more mananas young brolic
Flexing like fuck it hashtag validviolation

Push purpose in that pen
Friends like family only few left
Go get it the best

Less than never
Stay quite clever
For what you given

Much is owed
Load blessed burden

New world turning in innocent brains
Still that kid from Clason Point Lane

Look yourself in mirror
Please say I CAN
Gather glorious gospel in new land
Embrace unknown
What’s yet to come shall be grand

I still believe I'm a poet. I think that counts for something.

Hope Hangover

When you hit the block
Your fangs descend
Fishscales regenerate
On your exoskeleton

You got a concrete chin in a plywood jaw
With fire hydrant tears

The corner has little concern for
Your vulnerable exterior
Giving away Bravo chips and nacho cheese
On your scrawny shoulders

You left logic leaking from internal bleeding
Beneath the stop sign
Each gypsy cab takes as suggestion

Nobody obeys the speed limit here
Each pedestrian takes rush hour express
For a triplicate signature with notarized witness
Verifying they are you

Hop on shuttle bus completing off books transaction
But forgot a receipt testifying to withdrawal

Call next on full
Hope young boys don’t pick you last
Wait for ball to come to you

Take shot if you open
Make shorties remember your name
Because you got more grey hairs
Than they got losses

Half your sweat inherited
Another amount paranoid investment
For every spot tell them your war stories
Nobody cares unless currency confirmed

Exchanged debt on what you can’t pay
Let gravity pile up your change caliber
Hit up yala to hold a loosey on the arm
While Lucy on patrol salivating for you to spit

Could you ever switch
Write that slithery solo

Dolo to cabeza association of abandona’o
Ese tipo bien pasa’o
Pero chewing for what you can barely nibble

Where mi gente know the riddle of life
Ain’t no fortune cookie

Terrific trinity
Sour haze kush
Begging salvation in front of Holy Cross
Scared to step in all the sins might sting
While angels stare

Who care except who still surviving
Long to scribble in these pages
Face a pagina blanca

Ain’t a smidgeon resembling pigeon
Shitting on you for Buena suerte
Cheers to customers hunting for ganga
Direct dollar tree 99 cent or more
Keep crib mistolin fresh despite
Kitty litter or Entourage

Pausa slash on skin
Buck fifty gauze stitch
Guava guayabera on triple fat goose

Gully peace god
Attempting to maintain
Apply this daily science
So you won’t get an F in finance

Felon without inside tips
Ribs boneless
No bonus for overtime on benches

Homie don’t get spoiled by fine selection
Perforation on back means
Pull with skilled perfection

These walls give dull reception
Sculpt scars around intimidating white space
In a race with shadow
Beating you to finish line

Pinata papi
Candy spin out sugary guts

Take a dump from your clip
Left a few by window sill

Each morning had daily ritual
Sorta iffington in air gone scent linger
Longer than you think

Too much time in between barbed wire parenthesis
Can’t invent these dreams

Wherever you at is the scene
Jungle ain’t gone
Fall through pay your friendly visit

Pain on exhibit
Vintage played out fashion

Wear those wrinkles so well
Old citizen how could you yell
All frazzle stubble

More polite pebble than sure solid rock
On top receding shore
Dawn days of yore

Bubba yummy
Blink unwrap mind map

Where you at
None of your clucking fitness
Tick to click

Memory straight hit trig
Once a kid
Sing a song of Solomon
Lonely king

Hold it like a boulder
Bolsa de fuego waiting to be lit
Who got next twist
Stuff a godfather burned in effigy
Fresh recipe precise knocking
Got whole hood shaking

Over there cheating no duplication
Rain gives papercuts
Bills go extra crispy

Miss me with that frail knowledge
Representation of CPG wise scholars

Ponder tomorrow
Powder pepper trails with dutch remnants
For you to follow

Stuck in town puddle drowns
Strike hype chord praise Lord

Shiver chills ill with bagged up cure
Emptied to be refilled
Form jagged geometry
Geology bugged landscape
Parched tundra

Transform backpark into pop up gallery
Sidewalk silent auction
Spontaneous game from 10473 893 7354

Original numbers remembered
Like scabs you forgot you fell

Train rumble schedule
Static standing behind line caution

Read the signs or
Hack up lung butter fine

Cram shred of steroid corroded beef
Don’t know why or who we fighting
Bare truth at special committee

Where does your sangre stand
Shattered with no lint magic dust

Only got honesty left
With hands out

September is the Best part of the Year, 2015

Sweet September Slide

Have you heard the one about freedom

Further away from cage
More yearning for chains

Diablo don’t want to let you go

Easier with stressed yesterday
Attached to this present moment’s
Ungrateful aspiration

Consequence of faulty policies
Petty procedures

To be sure
Scan the cliff notes contract for fuckshit
Clearly stated in fine print

Forget fantasy
Tropical see and see top pop
Let bubble drip

Math after disposable remainder
Skid mark streak stark reminder

Rusty rainbows beneath cutthroat clouds
Jealous how your skin sponge dirty water

Evil evaporates downpour of doubt
Dedicated despite drought

This limpieza turn chest inside out
Steal what I feel when I reveal what the dealings

Precise percentage almighty algorithm
Punch in data
Spit out promising perspective

Upfront oppression
Shadowy depression

Dragging comfortable cadaver
With impeccable creases
On century lease with daily payments

Compound fracture dusty bones
Exposed hollow tree trunks

Deteriorate core
Break at weakest point

Regenerate scattered pieces of original man

Control your soul
Chaos most charming flaw of character

Mellow meditate during disaster
Super structure founded on
Lazy eyed ghosts of forgotten massacres

Amateur aperture fuzzy focus in foggy film

Wind cries who gives a fuck
Weeping while you wait

Journey starts once you choose to escape


I miss El Puente Academy, Peace and Justice Forever

Make it Rain Journals
                  After Ronaldy Salcedo

Un tipo loco declares
I got an interview with Harvard tomorrow
Gonna get up at 1 am right now its 1130 am

Been screaming non stop
Gillie da kid ghostwriter
Be like Cannon

Dis youth terrible attention deficit
Loose oversized jeans with no belts

Chucks no laces
No braces with sores on gums

Son I’m no ignorant chump
I got my knowledge I signed up for illuminati
When I’m alone I’m a monster
When I’m with peoples I get shook

How you do it Ant
In front of all those people

Big pool gotta dive in
How are you surviving

Ridiculous fool running around weary mask
Sociably barely known locally
Vocally identified before having any place

In bullshit conversation
Inject isolation intravenously

Previously desired greater mananas
Now prisoner of your palabras

Disciplined by drama
Can’t even pretend to be calmer

Hypebeast is on overdrive
Stupido zone eyeballs rolling back in blessed skull
Beloved baba precedent over rising above
Elevation held back by grimy gravity

What is sanity when we all barely hanging on

Nails poorly hammered floor board squeaking
One eye peeking behind bangs

Don’t let your hope hang off a tree
Can you believe blood on leaves from brown brain

Hanging in breeze sad strange fruit
Pursuit of death instead of defining your life