The Newtown Pentacle

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The excess and pageantry of the vegetable world is sorely missed by one such as I, during these cold and dark days. An unreasonable desire to depart these climes for a southern destination is all consuming, but that would mean losing that grudge match with New York City which one has been fighting for better than four decades.

The war started between the City and myself began on the first day of Kindergarden, and overall, I’m losing badly despite the occasional pyrrhic victory.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

A significant part of “being a New Yorker” is never “giving in” or allowing the city, which is surely sentient in some alien or malign manner, to beat you. The macabre sense of humor with which the great urban hive inflicts its maledictions and ignominies however, and the manner in which one weathers them, are what sets we “born and bred’s” apart from other urban dwellers.

Still, it would be nice to see vibrant vegetable color again.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

For now- one must be satisfied with the Astoria Tumbleweeds, and an appreciation of frozen soot must be cultivated. In addition, it’s a good idea to just get used to that weird smell coming up out of the sewer drain. Whatever it is, it’s frozen in place and will be around till March.

Read as a part of “the winter of my discontent”, which in fact, is every winter.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

January 8, 2013 at 12:15 am

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