Open City: Blogging Urban Change
Tweets for Ginkgo
By Sahar Muradi


Picked you up on Stanton. The fan of you, wide-lipped.  #Mfinda Kalunga

Park Jennifer says a Chinese woman from the senior center behind comes often, under your shade, with a bag in hand. #BRCSeniorServices

Yín xìng. She crosses the fence. Yín xìng. Her hands graze the earth. Yín xìng. How did her mother do it? Yín xìng. Home again.  #Zheijiang

A dinosaur footprint. A maiden’s hair. Bi-lobed and webbed flag. Now green, now golden. Now East, now West. # Crossbreed

What was Goethe’s obsession with you anyway? @Goethe @MarianneVonWillemer

No relatives. From Kiev, from Ocala, from Bamako. All these single branches in the city.  You survive, every day. So they call you “fossil.”

The crown of your tree and the crown of my head. I am of two minds: hippo campus. A seahorse with two feet, a body ending in a tail. @Hermes

@Goethe “Sind es zwei, die sich erlesen, dass man sie als Eines kennt?” I don’t know. I don’t have answers. It is terrifying and freeing.

To look up, to notice. Your yellow hair against the steel. Your seeds scattered.  #NYC #LES

2 Responses to Tweets for Ginkgo

  1. SOFIA says:

    Is this a poem about ginkgos? From Lena’s niece.

  2. Sahar says:

    Hi Sofia,

    Indeed, it’s a poem about ginkgos! I saw a bunch walking around the Lower East Side and felt inspired. It’s also about their shape in general–the two lobes. It could stand for a lot of things, don’t you think? I sometimes feel like that: two-headed.

    I heard you have to write a report for school about the trees. What do you think about them? I’d recommend picking up a leaf and spending a little time with it!

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