The Newtown Pentacle

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Wandering, ever wandering, and warnings.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One found himself in Maspeth and scuttling past Mount Zion Cemetery recently, on the Maurice Avenue side. As is my habit, vast self recrimination and a certain series of guilty remembrances was underway. One likes to pull at scabs, feel the texture of the many scars which scribe, and generally feel rotten about every decision I’ve ever made. This thought process is actually something I schedule away for when I’m by myself on these long walks around the Newtown Pentacle, so as to keep others from having to experience who – and what – I really am.

One was musing about footprints while walking past the great burial ground. There’s the environmentalist and hiker etho about “leaving behind nothing but footprints,” the historian’s one about “tracking the footprints of giants,” and the Brooklyn one about “sticking my boot up yo ass.” The latter is what I’m focused on at the moment.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

“Being Creative” doesn’t necessarily mean wanting to draw a picture in my current world view. When I use that statement these days, I’m mainly thinking about Dharma. You can either create or destroy in this world we commonly hold, and the choice you make between those two poles reflects whom you aspire to be. Struggling to be “creative” against my darker urges to “crush, kill, and cause anyone I disagree with to perish in fire” is sort of what one has been aspiring to in the last decade.

Saying that, one grows weary of having to contantly reaffirm that I am exactly who I claim to be and not the shadow agent of some moneyed cabal. I have no agenda, no goal, no desire. All I want is for environmental conditions to not suck as hard as they do, and for the City to stop dumping raw sewage into the water. I also want to remind people that places like Mount Zion have a long and storied past, and that few remember the Maspeth Gypsies or the Native Americans who once called this place home as institutional memory is in short supply amongst modern people.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It is enough to breed paranoia, and the next person who accuses me of being a shill for some malign corporate or governmental entity is going to receive the full Brooklyn footprint mentioned above, and I wear a size 11 shoe. This line of thought, however, is what one struggles against. It’s “not creative,” rather it’s destructive.

Nothing is achieved by destruction save the feeling of superiority over others. It gets nothing done, and the divisive process of internecine warfare amongst like minded individuals actually results in those aforementioned malign corporate or governmental entities winning the day as the field has been cleared of opponents. We agree on more than we disagree about, let’s fix the things we agree on and then argue the rest when the work is done.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Green and growing places are good. Concrete and highways are bad. Can we agree on that?

Thoughts like these are what one prefers to think about, rather than planning the destruction of enemies and anticipating the lamentations of their women and children. Don’t mess with a humble narrator, accusers, because a great wheel will roll right the hell over you and crush you down into the poison loam of Queens.

You don’t want to make me angry, as you won’t like me when I’m angry.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

September 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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  1. I’m pretty sure I am not one of those people who make you mad. It never occurred to me you were shilling for anyone. You just don’t seem the type. Channeling anger into fighting for “truth, justice and the American way,” which includes lots of green and growing things, will help make those depressive episodes in the cemetery fewer and farther between. And it seems you are doing that very well.

    A few questions, where are the borders of this Newtown pentacle you write about? I was never sure what the word “pentacle” referred to until you mentioned a border today.

    Are the folks at Hogshead worried about the MTA’s plans regarding the Montauk cutoff? Development is rarely good for community gardens. And they deserve to continue.

    Mary Caulfield

    September 23, 2015 at 2:03 pm

  2. Is that size 11 with or without socks?

    georgetheatheist . . .one size fits all.

    September 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm


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