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Like No Other
By Odin Roark
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Last edited: Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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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