Harlem is home

Harlem’s Own:
Harlem is home
Of youth
Of old souls, small biz
and busy restaurants
loud radios play background to old mens’ street chess
as African women ask to braid your hair
Harlem is home
to pant’s sagging, hips shaking,
du-rag wearing “vagabonds”
and white-talking, suit wearing
jewelry a-twirlin’ “uppity negros”
and hipsters
and gentrifiers
and all things in between

But mostly Harlem’s the womb of words
Birthing creativity
spoken music dancing jazz paint cooking sewing collage poem
the art is behind every lamp post
in the mailboxes
under hats and hoods
crawling the cracks of the street
there’s the art
and no. matter. what.
one of Harlem’s own will grab you
with soul

(c) written by Kristin Richardson Jordan