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Chicago, Meat Packing District

...Dedicated to the memory of my great Uncle Fred,
Spanish American Veteran & worked a "night job" during
the depression, while supporting wonderfully my Mom's
family on the south side of Chicago, when she was young,
Grandpa had lost everything, but Uncle Fred saved our family

I have never been to another planet, 
Tho when I walk the early morning streets
Of the meat packing district, my feet have
Left this earth. Floating unease courses 
Through my body... lights, sights, sounds
And smells never before registered in my
Physical and emotional inventory confront
Me. My ancestors travelled these same paths
Many years ago, usually with shoulder holsters
And homemade body armor. My senses
Understand this heritage, I traverse
Cautiously as if walking downhill on a
Pilgrimage. Tonight I shall visit Mars, in the
Shadow of Venus, cradled in the arms of the
Crescent Moon.

Copyright © James Marshall Goff


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  1. Date: 11/28/2015 7:17:00 AM

    Very interesting. I loved the vivid pictures and powerful language. Well done James! Best wishes, Keith 7
  1. Date: 11/27/2015 2:14:00 PM

    Very cool piece and thanks for the historical context.
  1. Date: 11/25/2015 3:39:00 AM

    I remember going to the ampetheter years later to a rodeo and the smells were still there...Excellent poem Jimbo
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 10:34:00 PM

    beautiful ending, jimbo! :) I remember the odors that came from a slaughter house in Tacoma, WA, and it was horrid! absolutely Horrid! I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving, Jimbo! love and hugs, catie :)