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North American Dreaming: Under Columbus's Statue

Columbus turns a blind eye on the characters in William Burkholder's street-scene poem.

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Under Columbus's Statue

The 2 dollar whores
Danced a prostitute's jig
Bacardi filled biotas
Rancid water
Straight up
As the Barcelona guards
Ratcheted back bolts on
Sub machine guns
Nervous and staring
While a Baltimore hooligan
Balanced his switch blade
On a Spaniard's eye
Shoe shine flim flams
Taps on sneakers
10 dollar shines
For naive tourist
And the 2 dollar whores
Danced the day
Danced the night
Mission streets
Old and mourning
Their age and wisdom
While the new age children
Of mother Spain run blind
Calling after their
White Gorilla
Chained and caged
While the whores
The shoe shine bandits
Run free


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