The City in Word Pictures

A black stripe. A white stripe. A black stripe. A white stripe. Alternating stripes, in black and white. From hip to ankle. A woman’s legs step, step, step. The stripes, two inches thick, run vertical, down the legs, up the legs. The woman wearing striped leggings moves across the subway platform toward the stairs. Train conductor says: This station has an elevator, located at the rear. The word elevator sounds like alligator. Elevator, alligator. Context, context.

A lit menorah in a retail store. Fir twigs painted white. Red balls hung from branches. Tents for virus tests. Tents for…




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