Tattooed domestic deities
Of every configuration of family that you can imagine
Are thorny and beautiful here, like the wide field of roses
A dozen little neighborhoods branch from the artery
Where healing crystals, artisanal victuals and homebrewed beer
Sit in a stew of neighborhood watering holes and dusty vintage storefronts
That serve up charming old books, fountain pens and tuna noodle casserole
There are unwalkable miles
Where abandoned shopping carts kiss telephone poles
And the drycleaner cheers you with self-help wisdom
Instructing you to “Make others feel important”
On your way to get an oil change, adopt a rescued bunny
Or sit and feast at a fast food restaurant table
Poem ©Tracy Zollinger Turner, 2014.
These pieces were originally used to narrate the photography
exhibit 25 on High in Columbus, Ohio’s Urban Art Space.