A Song for Philly, Because In Spite of Everything Spring is Here Again

By Kenneth Lipp

By the Schuylkill, unfiltered this I was four lenses wide-eyed at least three miles, bare below the fulcrum but the vernal shuddered off the chill.

Collared encounters upon a knoll, horned, the downed arrow of latitude.

I chase sunlight to frame on stone, pace a giggling surrey, and fellow travelers gerrymander statuesque as I resolve to shoot the subject not the scene.

I desiccation ended, stomata fresh from gasping  gleeful, respire stains and sneakers so I circle, I have come across a reclamation.   The frosty breathless superlatives did not spell Perdition. Jade is not evergreen, we just have a perennial affection for the scales.

Mixed traffic, all brazen domestication, calisthenic cavalier they flank Fairmount amnesiac, prodigal un-penitent as if they never doubted clover, or freckling flesh, or guiltless love.

I blink an opening idiom in a sunset flutter, cross the arterial perpendicular into the sinister gravel, and while never one to widow-walk in wait for Summer Boys, narrative value is narrative use.

Seasons fickle lye, the collective disposition of a billion far-flung spinning orbs and monoliths of frozen dust. Rubbernecking panic pictures parking lot, nothing is more urgent than light.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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