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Dreams of Architecture Without Brain Cells

Around all of the tall buildings again,
a tourist but not touring, afraid of all
those who see him want to look up
and stare at the buildings, imagining
the brains behind these things. They
only see his temptation, but they know
he’s a brain-dead idiot. Who is so fouled
that he likes to look up and stare at the
buildings for many, many, many
minutes? Carl is a mess, too embarrassed,
feeling the stress of wanting to look up
forever but knowing that the others who
are walking the tumbling streets will laugh
outwardly and hatefully if they see a boy
who is big enough to be a man but is a
kindergartner, small-minded enough to look
up at buildings as if he is looking for some
god. What a feeble man he is! He sees
the beauty of the lines and wants to be
smart enough to design these beauties,
but instead, he is too stupid to watch for
the cracks.

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  1. #1 by Carl D'Agostino on July 2, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    I was at Ft Hamilton on Staten Island in 1975 looking up at the Verazano bridge. It was so awesome and breath taking I trembled at its very sight.

    • #2 by Carl on July 4, 2011 - 2:00 pm

      Yes, Carl. That is the feeling. A powerful and energetic astonishment.

  2. #3 by Pamanner on July 2, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    I like looking up too. It’s mesmerizing. My life is cracked so I need the vertical view 🙂

    • #4 by Carl on July 4, 2011 - 2:00 pm

      I love that! Thanks for commenting.

  3. #5 by LetterzToNoOne on July 3, 2011 - 6:54 am

    Some of us are so concerned with the cracks that we never take the time to look up. I’m glad someone out there does.

    • #6 by Carl on July 4, 2011 - 2:01 pm

      Yes, I suppose it is okay. Thank you for commenting.

  4. #7 by Kay Camden on July 5, 2011 - 9:25 am

    Carry a camera. Then you have an excuse to stop and look. People will see the camera and not think twice. It’s not a good answer on a psychological health level I’m sure, but sometimes (for me) playing a role is easier than being honest with people sometimes.

    • #8 by Carl on July 6, 2011 - 6:36 am

      That is good. It would be really good if it were a Polaroid and the photos just kept popping out!

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