The Newtown Pentacle

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Project Firebox 35

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

A lost and disfunctional creature, this scarlet centurion is found on the corner of 58th and Laurel Hill Blvd. Above it rises that loquacious viaduct which carries the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. The BQE, and Laurel Hill Blvd. below it, indicate that one is in the nether zone between Woodside and Maspeth- an angle between neighborhoods. Enormous cemetery walls are its nearest neighbors, as Laurel Hill bisects the gargantuan acreages of New Calvary Cemetery. All but forgotten, this noble guardian is mute, and knows terror thinking of the day that an emergency may come for which it cannot raise an alarm.

Written by Mitch Waxman

March 10, 2012 at 12:15 am

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