chandler's art

invasive beauty buds through your angry concrete - cracking foundations.

9th ward, New Orleans

chandler



ninth ward, New Orleans

with her hollow eyed men

mumbling on midday benches, clinging to warm budwiser

her sunken sidewalks

and broken ice-cream trucks

her rusting bicycles that gallop reckless past bars on windows, dingy neon, and empty clothes lines

children barefoot  

women pregnant

you are alive



ninth ward, New Orleans

with her tattooed boys

banging out chaos on drunken gas tanks

and electric scrap metal lies empty in vacant lots

where all music is experimental

all experiments have no control

and no one wanders why nothing is rendered on canvases made of

topless girls

that spin madness into beauty

you are alive



ninth ward, New Orleans

with her shotgun doorways

that open into tiny bars

filled with sweat and Miller High Life

Styrofoam plates of silver dollar sausage, red beans and plastic forks

barstools dismembered

concave linoleum

and living legends that blow tributes to departed trumpets

until hollow eyed men reverberate anew

you are alive



ninth ward, New Orleans

with her thick air, and parched water

her passionate pavement blisters the soul-less

and shoeless black boys ask questions to total strangers

where everybody has a hustle

every hustle has an audience

and no one really says —Good Morning America, How are you? 13

where all movement is slow

her exhausted streetcars still stammer out forgotten desire

for:







ninth ward, New Orleans

you are alive.

your sunken sidewalks bloom with prolific purple - invasive beauty buds through your angry concrete - cracking foundations.

your topless girls pierce the body of  night  with jumbled tattoos - radiant in the mercury vapor twilight

your shoeless black boys tap dance beyond the double-barreled despondent

your affluent trumpets hail Gabrielle to come down from his shotgun shack and breath new life into a bored bacchanal.

Desire Street is found, and You Ninth ward, are alive

updated: 9 years ago