2 poems by Robin McNamara : New York city ain’t you just so & Holy Fires of Religion

New York City Ain’t you Just So

Some bastard politician’s account
Died on Twitter / dystopian life is here.
Crowd-provoking sensationalist gossip
On the holy grail of social media.
In the big city where lonely women
With wanton lust orgasam to
The capitalist designer gear.
They label your life and bring greed
To the table.
Synthetic families gathering/unraveling.
What the fuck was a nuclear family. You’re stuck with me. I’m stuck with you.
Sociological reasoning has gone underground.

Meanwhile

Downtown streets with one dollar stores,
liquor stores and bums on every corner.
Kosha Dillz a Jewish rapper in a red suit,
Downtown Manhattan— rapping,
The cops are nodding, the dollars are dropping.
New York ain’t you just so.

Whoosh! of the underground train throws
Hot city air across my face /
Baby face doll gives me a wink across the Platform.
Maybe we’ll meet later on tinder.
Hot holy hell the devils kitchen
On a summer Fire.

Wailing sirens and screaming poets
Unknown artists dying in rat-infested Apartments with blackened fingers bleeding From scratching out a living.
Cosmopolitan studios two doors down
Selling a fucking banana taped to the wall for
Six figure sums.

Meanwhile

Smiles behind masks the streets are hiding a Danger you cannot see, covid comes to Broadway. A new musical playing at a person Near you.
Ride the subway through the tunnel / smokers Cough eyes to the right gotta get off the next Stop walk the miles taking no chances.

Gucci mannequins are all dressed up nowhere To go. Cops are loitering waiting for a crime in Times Square, it’s a bust.
Jazz nights at the Blue Note & cocktails at
The Dead Rabbit a fantastic light waiting
To be switched on again.
Allen Ginsberg’s ghost is howling again
We’re all in Rockland.

Meanwhile

Holy Fires of Religion

And when you go and pray 
for compassion with the gossipers 
within the holy walls of God 
with all the other Harlem folks,
clapping and dancing in Jesus's name;

the hollowed out eyes of the Lord
looks down upon you all.
In wooden silence, hands out as if saying:

“have I come to save this?
Did my father forsake me for this?”

Father / preacher / reverend / holy man,
Reading from a book of legend  —
where are the poems within your hearts? 

Where are your words against 
the fire and brimstone —
that smelt the gold for your crosses.
Where are the poets within your scriptures?

Bio: Robin McNamara has over 145 poems published worldwide in America, Canada, Ireland and in the UK with Versification, Pink Plastic House, Daily Drunk, Full House Literary Magazine, Dream Journal, Second Chance Lit, Literary Heist & Ephemeral Elegies. A regular contributor to Poetry Ireland and Black Bough Poetry poetry prompts. Robin’s forthcoming debut chapbook, Under A Mind’s Staircase, published by Hedgehog Poetry Press, UK is available to purchase now at: https://robinmcpoet.com/




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David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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