THE GEOGRAPHICAL PROPERTIES OF MANHATTAN ISLAND

THE GEOGRAPHICAL PROPERTIES OF MANHATTAN ISLAND

Womanhattan

Sleek and Vertical

Physically fit

Chrome and Steal to smash you to bits

A graphic that gives you the finger

 

Its womb is a rectangle called Central Park

That breeds infections in the dark

The crimes committed for a lark

Darling, sweetie, don’t we look smart

 

It narrows at the Southernmost tip

A Chinese empress’s foot rather limp

But at the point of uttermost crimp

The jewels primp on proud promenade

 

A polyglotted polygon

The earth decurved like a pentagon

We soldier for dollars until we are gone

For Bergdorf’s, Bloomies, emeralds of Oz

 

The Lady of Liberty stands like a man

Exuding a matador’s deathly elan

Her torch has the air of a battering ram

Of luminous lava of maddening span

 

Its crown is a series of spikes in the sky

That knive through the night with a radiant shine

With electric pulsations to mock the divine

So Gaudy and gauche, and very porcine

 

Copyright, David Gottfried, 2004

 

 

 

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