the writing and photography of Neil Kramer

Flushing Poem

Flushing Poem for Dana Guthrie Martin

“Last stop!  Last stop!”
Flushing, what a name!
Tiny women talking
Mandarin in the rain
Alone, I walk by
A mural, Chinese art
A cafe, a hooker
A rusty shopping cart
The downpour, the rushing
The garbage in the street
The yearning, the craving
The summer New York heat.


  1. Chag

    I love that subway picture!

  2. metalia

    The only thing that could make the poem even more perfect is a line or two about Shea. 🙂

  3. blythe

    As much as it pains me to say so, I really like this, esp. “Mandarin… rain,” “Flushing… rushing,” and the repetition of the gerund. And the pictures are nice, too.

  4. Pants

    FANTASTIC pictures, Neil!

  5. natalie

    wow…love this. you make me want to visit flushing. and eat chinese food.

  6. Caron

    I could smell NYC in the photo of the rain. In a good way. Beautiful- flashback to a favotite memory. Thanks

  7. V-Grrrl

    Her post about you is better. Now I know why you two split–you were intimidated by her prowess.

    I think you’ve been demoted from Tylenol to St. Joseph’s aspirin, but I love that photo of the rain. : ) Keep it up (ha, ha) and you may rise (ha, ha) to Tylenol PM status.

  8. Dana

    This is actually good. Concrete imagery, concise. V-GRRRL is right, though: My post about you is better. I like IM Neil more than blog Neil. You are like Tylenol *and* Advil in IM. I’m just sayin’.

  9. Dana

    Great photos, too.

  10. anymommy

    What a nice break this morning. I love the final picture.

  11. churlita

    God, I love those photos. Very nice.

  12. brandon

    i think you are going to have steal away dana’s most recent spouse if you want to even the score. only then will you transcend aspirin and be the crack you were always meant to be. or you could turn to a life of good deeds and settle for being the heroin of this saga.

  13. Neil

    Brandon — But what did you think of the poem?

  14. V-Grrrl

    A life of good deeds? NO!!!!! Then he’ll need Viagra!

  15. mp

    OK..I’m not a very artsy person and normally I don’t appreciate all..cause I don’t get it…
    I loved that! Very nice!

  16. Dana

    Brandon, which current spouse? I have my husband, LoveShack, and my virtual lover/writing partner, Blythe. Plus there’s a sticky divorce problem from back in Kansas City, so I might have a second real-life husband as well.

    I’m just sayin’. Apparently stealing me away isn’t so much the issue as convincing me to add you to the fold.

  17. Dana

    Also, Neil: I love it when I make you write poems. OK, I’ll let you cup my boobies just for that one sweet gesture.

    Oh wait! You totally manipulated me into letting you cup my boobies! (Slick move.)

  18. V-Grrrl

    I’m disappointed you didn’t post photos of the hooker…

  19. Inarticulate Fumblings

    Know I’ve been MIA and that this comment has nothing to do with your posting… but… in case you’re interested, our travel blog is up and running while we’re away. Peace – IF

  20. Jane

    Truth quotient, V-Grrrl. My guess is 99%. 🙂

  21. Dana

    V-GRRRL, he made up the hooker!

  22. Sarcastic Mom

    Damnit, I was scrolling for the shot of the hooker.

    So disappointing.

  23. Sarcastic Mom

    And now I see that someone already made that joke.

    So my comment was an equal disappointment to you. Serves you right.

  24. Jo

    I made it and I’m glad I did……really enjoyed the poem.

  25. Dana

    Oh, hi Jo! *waves*

  26. melanie

    Babe New York agrees with you. Great stuff lately.


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