A young girl from Queens,
Central Park was my playground.
E, F, and R trains, with direct routes to Midtown,
placing you at the entrance or within walking distance.
Climbing up and down the monstrous rocks and boulders,
quite a feat for a child-
Rollerblading on the paved park streets of concrete,
swerving in and out of big orange cones.
All, weekend hobbies of mine.
Taking breaks between classes,
During four years at Fordham University –
My alma a few blocks away, at Lincoln Center.
Central Park, it was my campus.
Walking through the park with
Friends, family, and lovers,
Walking through the park to work,
Part-time gig a few blocks away on
5th Avenue, New York’s tourist trap
and shopping strip.
Central Park reminds me of my youth,
of my young adulthood,
of my strong connection to the New York
that raised me.
Pic taken by me in Central Park, New York