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Street Corner Symphony

There’s something about the
concrete angel on Michigan Avenue
that draws street performers
to its outstretched wings.
The man in the slick yellow raincoat—
matching clarinet in hand—
seduces holiday shoppers with
reedy Christmas tunes.
The young men from the projects
caress the angel’s wings
with their drumsticks
tapping out a beat
picked up by the disabled veteran
shaking a penny- filled coffee can
outside of Bloomingdales.
Well- polished shoes
erase sympathy from sidewalks,
and headlights from impatient taxi’s illuminate
the man skipping across the street,
preaching to the masses about God.
Asleep in a doorway
one man’s head rests on
words that have sealed his fate:
“Mayor Daley Welcomes You to Chicago.”