The same day rubber-band bracelets are banned
by P.S. 87 on the Upper West Side, a teen is accused
of shoplifting at Victoria's Secret. The cops find
remains of a fetus in her bag, period of gestation
unknown. Murder-milestone trend: It's going down.
Nobody murdered nobody last week. In other news,
the Court of Appeals takes up 16-ounce sugary drinks
rules — too late for the late Notorious B.I.G., too big
to have a street corner named for him. Not exactly
a role model for the neighborhoods used to taking
full-moon walks or learning in native tongues how
to play Foreign Language Hopscotch. New York City
Cares. It really does! How else to explain a Halloween
parade getting fully crowdsourced and Kickstarted?
© 2013 Maureen E. Doallas
This prose poem rounds up just some of a single morning's news in New York City. You can't make this stuff up!
Bring Halloween Back to NYC! $50,000 Kickstarter Campaign (The goal was exceeded.)
"Foreign Language Hopscotch", MobyLives, Melville House, October 18, 2013
"New York City Murder Rate in 2013 Falling to Historic Low, Says NYPD", Huff Post New York, October 18, 2013
"Notorious BIG: too fat to have a street corner named after him?" The Guardian, October 18, 2013
"Schoool bans Rainbow Loom bracelets", New York Post, October 17, 2013
"Teen Had Dead Baby in Gag at Herald Square Victoria's Secret: Police", NBC, October 18, 2013
"Top NY Court Will Review Bloomberg's Large Sugary Drinks Bans", CBS, October 17, 2013