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Hell's Kitchen
by Katarina Tepesh

Thursday, November 22, 2007
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By Katarina Tepesh

Taking subway
to Hell’s Kitchen

Airless tunnel
thought provoking signs

So tired
if late get fired

Why bother?
Why the pain?

Just go home,
do it again!

Exiting Port Authority,
stench of urine,
disheveled drinkers,
beer, cheap wine,
marijuana in the air

Garbage strewn,
rundown deli,
dead flowers

Sign of dove Covenant House
A place for lost,
troubled teenagers

In the middle of Hell’s Kitchen

The Croatian Church
Serving two thousand,
‘Bog i Hrvati…..God and Croats’

Stained windows, no bells!
Against the city law

Inside, a statue of Virgin Mary,
women crossing, kneeling, praying
Confessions, holy masses, weddings, births, funerals

Choir singing ‘Zdravo Djevo Kraljica Hrvata……
Virgin Mary Queen of Croats’

Scent of candles,
fresh flowers,
clutching rosary and bible…..


For those living outside of New York City, Hell’s Kitchen is a real name of the neighborhood.

The poem Hell’s Kitchen was written at the Riverside Church in Manhattan during workshop with famous writer Robert Wolf from the Free River Press.

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Reviewed by jude forese 11/25/2007
was there a few weeks ago ... looked a bit better since the last time i was there ... the Harlem vicinity is indeed changing ... your poem reminds me of the hell's kitchen i work out of about 18 years ago though there are still blocks that have still gone unchanged ...

well written poem ...
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 11/23/2007
Excellent work...yes I have heard of NYC's Hell's Kitchen several times.
Reviewed by Art Sun 11/22/2007
Your view of this neighborhood reveals a place with more than the unfortunate realities of life...there is a small thought of life within the atmosphere of hope...

nice work...

Art Sun...
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