Repaired into Ruins – Side by Side

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“Repaired into Ruins” – Lamar Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – Not even an abandoned house… This is somebody’s attempt to close off a basement window… It is so messed up I had to laugh… But at the same time… It was so beautiful I had to run home and grab my camera…

Walking the dirty streets of Wilkinsburg…
Every other house a disaster waiting…
Mountains made of condoms and needles…
Pain is present in the eyes of the people…

Abandoned houses rot side by side…
Reminder of how the mighty decide…
Everything that grows will eventually stall…
Only the weak minds will answer the call…

I don’t want to be just another soldier boy…
Another scout… A pawn… Or a generals toy…
I want to be the best at the things I do…
When something falls apart I want to be the glue…

I don’t want to be just another list maker…
Another dish washer or first class faker…
I want my gardens to circle the earth…
Beauty grows beyond the day of birth…

The sound of birds over the rumble of a train…
A glimmer of sunshine after a long day of rain…
I want to do something that will give me pride…
Live in a place with the freedom to decide…

Depression is like a concrete block wall…
Like trying to bounce a flat basketball…
For most of my life I have been one knot away…
Every morning wake up thinking is this the day…

I have to find a way to tear down this wall…
Accept that I am human and deeply flawed…
What is a flaw… To some its perfection…
Based on a different style of human perception…

The sun and the moon… The birds fly high…
White clouds floating from our minds to the sky…
Cool mist falling from the sapphire blue display…
Forget about the past and throw these weights away…

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Photographic Confessions – Observation and Spring

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Free Yourself – Free Your Mind

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“Cold Moon” – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA – This photo was taken around the same time I wrote this poem…

Today…I.rebel.against.the.spacebar…
Screw.that.key…
Sitting.there.all.big…
Hogging.up.the.center.of.the.keyboard…
Thinking.its.all.special…
Talking.shit….Taking.up.space…
Saying…I.am.the.most.important.key.of.them.all…
Without.me.there.would.be.no.space…
There.would.be.no.difference…
There.would.be.no.silence…

Without.space.there.would.be.no.trees…
Not.you.not.me.or.a.place.to.flee…
Every.bird.needs.a.place.to.hide…
Every.lion.needs.its.pride…
Even.the.richest.men…
Sometimes.need.a.guide…

We.all.require.a.little.guidance…
My.guidance.is.to.create.space…

FREE YOURSELF! FREE YOUR MIND!

Create spaces here… Create spaces there…
I really don’t give a damn create space everywhere…
Pull yourself out of your daily routine…
Live life through expression… Live life free…
Live life like your not the only asshole… You forgot about me….

Honestly… You can forget about me…
Forget about the oceans… Forget about the trees…
Focus on you…

What do you want to do?..
Sit among the bees?.. Plant a few trees?..
There is no wrong answer… Just as long as the focus is you…

As long as you focus…

plant.petunias.and.question.everything.-.chriscondello

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Breaking Through – Outside My Window

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“Breaking Through” – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

Posted on the Vernal Equinox – 3/20/2014 at 12:57 PM EST….

Snow is falling on my dreams of spring…
Falling on the tips of my green tulips…
Falling on daffodils and hyacinth breeze…
Hiding under the leaves from the naked trees…

Spring is right around this next corner…
The fresh scent is rising through the air…
Like my bulbs growing under the leaves…
In the blue sky and under brown trees…

Right outside my broken window…
Frozen tears fall from the winter sky…
Spring will soon flow from the melting snow…
Slowly flowing to the seeds I sow…

Spring winds right outside my old door…
Whistling past my open window…
Blowing away the grey winter leaves….
Making way for the mighty trees…

Making way for my gardens in green…
Making way for you and me…
To turn this landscape of brown and grey…
Into a magnificent flower-filled display…

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“Blueberry Ice” – Whitney Avenue/Hamnett Way – Wilkinsburg, PA – This photograph doesn’t have a damn thing to do with this poem… I left the camera inside tonight… My purpose was to write… A camera would just distract me…

Watching people on streets come and go…
Abandoned houses remain capped in snow…
Occupied homes emanate clouds of smoke…
When the wind blows the stream is broke…

Neighborhood cats normally skittish and mean…
Using my warmth to get the energy to clean…
After a few minutes he is on his way…
Chasing a lost leaf across a frozen display…

After a few moments an old car rolls past…
The smell of exhaust and discount gas…
The car slowly rolls to a screeching stop…
Lights turn off and bass lines drop…

A few minutes pass into the crunch of ice…
A stranger slithers past staring not so nice…
There’s a guy on that porch we gotta roll…
Drop me on the corner and I’ll grab your toll…

Another night observing the urban streets…
Another drug deal by a kid packing heat…
Realizing we are all slaves to the dollar…
Blue collar… White collar…
And then there’s me… The green collar…

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Autumn Evenings – Among the Asters

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“Among the Asters” – Hamnett Way – Wilkinsburg, PA

Fall is calling out my name…
With its cool brisk breeze…
And wide open arms…
I have no choice but to follow…

Urban splendor beauty free…
You and me beneath a tree…
Silent wishing hopeful dreaming…
Endless autumn early evening…

It’s a beautiful night to be outside…
Brisk breeze and a slow mind…
The first few leaves are turning red…
Next the perennials go to bed…

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“Aster on Brick” – Hamnett Way – Wilkinsburg, PA

Soon the signs of summers slumber…
Conjur falls frozen brother…
Winter’s just a month away…
Spring is sleeping in till may…

Night is coming even faster…
Chrysanthemums and baby blue Aster…
Horn blares of a distant train…
Leaves fall in the steady rain…

Go outside and enjoy your life…
Enjoy the world around you…
Celebrate with gardens grand…
And take the time to praise the land…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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Garden Prayer #3 – My Guide

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“Fall Fire” – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

Inside my garden paradise…
Serene dreams… Moon beams…
The sweet essence of datura…
Orange glow of the fire…

City sounds… Cars and crickets…
Sweet clematis like a thicket…
Street light fire sets the stage…
Pale green glowing garden sage…

Grape vines sway by fire light…
Sky is ultraviolet bright…
Gold leaves fall and red sparks fly…
Soon the stars will grace the sky…

As the sky shifts from blue to black…
The breeze is on my chilly back…
Smoke rises by the glow of fire…
A garden is the only thing I require…

A garden… And obviously you…
By the fire with this urban view…
Steady the soul with you by my side…
My guide…

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