haikai

Seeing Broadway

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Is it the Broadway we want to see? Bustling theaters, sidewalks filled with tourists that line up with their pre-purchased tickets, the costumed characters harassing visitors for a photo.

Is it the Broadway we see? Empty streets and sidewalks, darkened theaters, the cavernous echo of a once bustling midtown.

Is this the Broadway we will see? The growing masses of theater-goers, lining up under the now-lit marquees. The growing traffic filling Time Square. The growing congestion on sidewalks, which no New Yorker will ever admit that they missed, and hoped to see again.

frog choir

“the lamb lies down

on Broadway…”

for Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 179, #ThemePrompt

and dVerse Poets’ Haibun Monday: Meet Piet (pubtended by Kim Russell)

The Pub is open! Come join us!

Piet Mondrian, ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942-43, moma.org

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4 replies »

  1. I like the way your haibun is structured by questions, Frank, the different views of Broadway, and the way the pandemic has changed it. I especially love the ‘cavernous echo of a once bustling midtown’, as if the place itself wants to remind us of how it once was. Thanks for the blast of Genesis, they were a favourite band of mine when Peter Gabriel was still with them.

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