Cold Weather Warms the Soul

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The winter fog settles on the sleepy street… The only thing louder than my heartbeat is the sound of silence… And the occasional cats meow… With a steady pace I cut through the fog… Rain drops fall so I start to jog… Through a puddle I feel the cold… Soggy bottoms but a warming soul… Soon my socks are making sounds… Hop along and skip around… December weather urban splendor… Midnight visions spiritually render…

Looking at these midnight sights… Orange glow from the street lights… Tonight the clouds must be especially sleepy… Purposely making the world look creepy… Stuck to the ground… Not making a sound… A slight breeze smells of the snow… Cutting through the rain shower I go… Cutting through the air… And cutting through my mind…

Urban life is really something special… Wildlife and those living the wild life… Friendly folks and mean… Even the occasional obscene… Houses packed like books on a shelf… Side by side… Like volumes in a series… Each one is similar… But completely different…

Many of us go for months… Without actually touching the Earth… We drive on roads… And we walk on sidewalks… But our feet never actually touch the ground… Like at some point it became taboo to do…

Put your feet on the Earth… Bury your seeds in the ground… Harvest your veggies… And pass them around…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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First Frost – Pavement and Stones

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“First Frost on my Creeping Oregano” – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

Walking streets of pavement and stones…
Potholes reveal that bricks are the bones…
Remnants of past that’s lost not forgotten…
History records the good and the rotten…
Someday the truth will result in a frown…
Build them all up then tear them back down…
Cover the memories under soil and ground…
Sow the bare land without making a sound…
Memories of the past make the garden grow…
Beneath the seeds that you and I sow…
Soon they will grow into peace and love…
Stretching toward heaven in the sky above…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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Probable Cause

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“Scattered Pieces” – © chriscondello 2013 – Taylor Way – Wilkinsburg, PA

Looking for two black males…
Clothing description… Black on black…
What you don’t realize is…
This gives them permission to give everyone in my neighborhood slack…

Probable cause has flaws…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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Silent Misconception

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“Selfy” – Sculpture – © chriscondello 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA – Created on 4/7/2013 and destroyed on 4/7/2013 – As soon as I saw this log… I knew I needed a big stone… My natural self-portrait…

Tonight… Silence… Well… Relative silence…
Silent enough to hear the footsteps…
Slowly creeping down the alley…
Gravel crunching… Moving towards me…
Cell phone blaring inaudible sounds…
Easing closer to my yards bounds…

And then the music stops…

I know in a moment… Shots will ring out…
This is probably some gangsters scout…
Then the phone rang… What did he do…
Answered it… Hello mom… How are you…
When the call ended… He said…

Yes ma’am… I know…
I love you…
Too…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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