Monday, February 25, 2019

York, PA by Ben Rasnic

Row houses line up
like hardbound reference
books, yellowing pages
moth-eaten and mildewed
on forgotten shelves
of abandoned libraries.

Down College Avenue, George
& Market Streets,
For Rent signs                                                        
taped precariously
to cracked windowpanes
provide stark reminders
of a past & present

Surrounded by bleak woods
& steep hills closing in,
hate slogans still echo
in the shadows
of Lafayette’s smiling statue.

On Sundays
the whole town shuts down;
skies shrouded in drab gray
cloud cover

accompany me
down 83 South
dodging potholes

all the way
to Baltimore.

Ben Rasnic currently resides in Bowie, Maryland. Author of four published collections (three available from, Ben's poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize.

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