Mickey’s Bradford is blooming
deep in Central Harlem
deep in the place
where even weeds are named
where precious is knowing who lives here
who is fat with fruit and seed
who died yesterday
who lost the nerve to flower
today - precious
Mickey’s Bradford is brave and blooming
maybe there are no dandelions now
sacrificed to salad – see where
brave got them
monocot clones muscle apart 
the concrete pads
tethering Mickey’s front door
to the pulse of big apple
stealth never sleeps
somewhere a dogwood winter
has wolfed a billion blossoms
casualties noted, precious
but not in Central Harlem
bloom Bradford bloom!


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