“still walking all hours of the day the streets of this city of my birth; Chinatown, the Lower…”

still walking

all hours of the day

the streets of this city

of my birth;

Chinatown, the Lower East Side,

And East Village my home.

wind, sun, rain, snow sleet —

elements against my open face

still alive.

Fay Chiang (1951–2017), former director of Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops program