but never a place quite like this.
big lights, big dreams
shoving their way through the crowded
sidewalks where Asian faces greet Irish eyes
and Latino feet walk past African-American
Painted sidewalks where Italian hands
weave through Arab eyes and where gay expression
catch the attention of straight admirers. If you can make
if here, you can make it anywhere,
the big apple of freedom beaming down on
Broadway. But it is reality’s stage where the
real stories are happening. Shouts and flashing
lights, taking portraits of the moment
while living in the moment. Young eyes
stare up into the sky where Billboards
overwhelm the aroma of roasted almonds
and the scent of steaming hotdogs.
From a distance the Empire State building
peeks through the night’s fog, and in a distance,
in the middle of the New York Harbor,
the Statue of Liberty is beaming,
the true spirit of this big city
where big dreams are colliding inside a diversity of hope.
Tarringo T. Vaughan