Cherry Picking

Pigeons and Dreams
Blossoms now pink cherry
Find me watching pigeons
Fluffing wings in gaiety
Pick carry outers’ left-ons.
Pigeon will I be?
As clouds are gathering
Winds of change met me
Cold and biting _
Visions of yesterday
Dreams in disarray.
Ah _ but to have wings!
Fly over the clouds let me
Swirl another fling!
A morrow will then be
Bright cloudless, like pigeons unafraid
Shake stretch my wings, new day warmly braved.
©NDR 7.19.2016

Early spring 1971 Farragut Square, DC, pondering a good
9 to 5 job. First you don't succeed...hmmm...

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Mr Moonlight
over 4 years

I like your poem, made me want to be a 70s pigeon.

Nelson D Reyes
Nelson D Reyes
over 4 years

Thank you Mr Moonlight. Those 70s pigeons were very resourceful. I took some good cues from them.

Robert L. Martin
over 4 years

I arrived in New York City in February 1966. At first I was working in office buildings doing clerical jobs. Then in 1972, I put an ad in the Village Voice for music arranging jobs. I worked with a lot of bands, arranging and recording and writing lead sheets for singers & etc. I sure saw a lot of pigeons, there. Then I got married in 1985 and moved to Pennsylvania. So here I am.

Nelson D Reyes
Nelson D Reyes
over 4 years

Thanks Robert. I see why you're drawn to music. I've only been once to the Village, post everything beat and starting to gentrify. Still one could feel and hear echoes of the 60s.

over 4 years

I arrived New York in November 1972. Without a degree, having over-enjoyed seven years at UP Dilliman. With a wife and a two-month old son. I arrived on a Sunday, started working night shift following Tuesday at a garden hose factory in New Jersey, two hours away by subway/bus. Four months later I got really sick and I was fired! Best thing that happened to me. For like you, I was looking for work for a week and ended at Columbia University and worked in the mailroom. The rest is history...

Nice poem Brod.

Nelson D Reyes
Nelson D Reyes
over 4 years

Thank you Brod. Tough times starting out.

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