It Is That I Take It Easy

For them, from there after
Grand, and I take it easy.

When asked why and what for,
it is there, that I take it easy:

For singing elegiac parvenus,
Eldridge Street.

For branded pungent leather crowns,
Orchard Street.

For salted tongueside abuelitas,
Ridge Street.

For tough hewn white hoods,
Henry Street.

For black laden day workers,
Cherry Street.

For tic-tac-toe bowler poetry,
Mott Street.

For Domino table plot merchants,
Rivington Street.

For cookie-cheering bursting babies,
Hester Street.

For them, from there after
Grand, and I take it easy.

When asked why and what for,
it is there, that I take it easy:

For the iron crossing cages
see-sawing Ludlow,

For the barrel balling blue
sweating Essex,

For the fabric bet hedging stacks
layering Allen,

For the hot shoe hole glue
sticking Chrystie,

For the rising fall dancers
mounting Canal,

For the murdered mind murals
fading Pitt,

For the paved metallic mesh
fencing Madison,

For the library lean messiahs
haunting Jefferson,

For them, from there after
Grand, and I take it easy.

When asked why and what for,
it is there, that I take it easy:

For adapting a son of a moyle
(eyns),

For can-wearing cards, copper cushions
(fir),

For our extended family on an idea
(zeks),

For a lot of spearmint green silver
(tsen),

For bed-guards up like dental guards
at ten,

For the survivor, her daughter, her
sister (firsten),

For head-shaken two-door floor
inventions (funfsten),

For a stripling under Eastern dreamways
of cloud (tsvantik),

For them, from thereafter;
Grand and I, we take it easy.