A nondescript work morning on a nondescript street in East Flatbush. 8:00 a.m. 39th Street off Snyder Avenue.
I haven’t seen one resident –are they all asleep?–but the backhoe is going gangbusters. The usual.
Except…Holy Cross Cemetery across Snyder is getting a haircut and I can smell the cut new grass as the mower motors toward me.
There are slightly soaked bears, signs of somebody’s Iove. You stumble across these pocket graveyards in New York sometimes.
I find velvet roses around the corner, climbing above the chain link.
Their perfume is as heady in gritty Brooklyn as it is anywhere else. I dip my nose in once. Twice.
Here there is the promise of the end of the world and the start of something new. Miracles await.
And I find Amur Maples, something I’d never come across, I’ve never seen.
Walt Whitman, writing about Brooklyn, extolled “the glories strung like beads on my smallest/sights and hearings, on the walk in the street. ”
I’ve never seen anything.
It’s all new.
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