By Levi Andrew Noe
The man in the cowboy hat
and dazzling cowboy shirt
paces the sidewalk across the street
from the bearded man in a mini-skirt
who walks past the market
of whole foods and healers
in the convergence of asphalt
where, nightly, the drunks come to drown,
the pimps come to push, and the pushers
come to poison the veins.
In a gentrified neighborhood where
gangs have been bangin’ for years
and business is booming for entrepreneurs
I sit behind my table of natural
health and body care products, and
self-published children’s books
wondering how this possibly all fits
and if there’s any way ever
to reconcile our differences.
Levi Noe was born and raised in Denver, CO. He won first prize in 2011 and 2013 in Spirit First’s international poetry competition. His works have appeared or will appear in Ink, Sweat & Tears, Litro Magazine, Twisted Vine, Birdy, River Poets Journal, Elephant Journal, and Japan Travel, among others. Levi’s first published children’s book One Day as a Raven is available in the kindle store.
Levi is the editor in chief and founder of the podcast Rocky Mountain Revival, Audio Art Journal, which can be found on iTunes or Stitcher.