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Like No Other
By Odin Roark
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Last edited: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
This short story is rated "PG" by the Author.

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Picturing unusual points of view for first person story telling brings on some interesting challenges. Thought I'd experiment a bit. Hopefully, it works.

Like No Other

Hanging chained sign

am I

Established 1933

"Bakery" my name

Swinging through time my game

just lettin' concrete canyon winds

wind their way around and through

glass and steel hives of commerce



all around

Like a trapeze artist

in perpetual motion

I see

I hear

swirls of




all day

every day

right here

corner 10th and 46th

Above me used to house hooker delights

Below me once flowed oohs and ahs

Some from the bakery goods

fresh from the oven

others from tourists

mesmerized with this month's

shell game antics

atop unstable card table

To my left

Bus stop misery

Express and local depression alike

Bench for daytime waiting

Slab for nighttime sleeping

To my right

Pimps on alert

Hookers on the beat

Down the block

Johns pulled to the curb

Quite a location actually

One way or another

my corner will always traffic realities

Foreign to most

understood by few

Got a mongrel dog as company

Beasty always stations himself

Trash can low to his left / Me high to his right

Doesn't bark

Never whines

Just howls his harmony


my pimp friend called it

Every once in a while

the preacher came by

placed his box on the corner

climbed aboard

raised his Bible

and ranted

Hooker delights stopped

Oohs and ahs ceased

Beasty took some nap time

While pimps


even "I love NY" tourists

would scurry to the cross walks


but here

their eye-rolls proclaimed

Oh man...

here comes sunrise


I mean

Special Special





Hooker delights


Bakery scents...

It all used to be everywhere

Beasty was always at the ready

Got his bagel every morning

A smear of chopped liver on top

He was good for the day


Today is the day

Waitin' for the wrecking ball

Retirement time

Due to start at seven sharp

So while I can

gonna enjoy maybe

my last view

It is...

It was

like no other

you know


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Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 3/30/2012
For me, this is a neat tale, from a creative voice and all the more appealing because of that voice. The shape of text conducive to movement and then heading straight down. Personifying the sign gives the voice credibility for its absolute observation availed no 'person,' and when it gets to "Special/I mean/Special Special," there pulls out an emotion that matches the loss of 1933 coming to the end of appreciation in a simple word like 'Bakery.'

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