Friday, January 25, 2013

Magazine Street

Mardi Gras beads on Magazine Street.

Mardi Gras beads
Adorn the gates and trees
Along Magazine Street

Standing on the precipice
High above the Crescent City
Soaking in the southern soul

Through an early morning fog
Lafitte and Lafayette beckon
It's time to play in their sandbox

Bonjour, Bonjour, Bonjour, they say
Chasing ancestors and demons
Returning home from Friday night

They toast, "The dykes are holding
in the lower ninth ward"
Clinking paper bags behind the Breaux Mart

Ride upon a dream
that floats into February
Laissez les bonne temps roullez
Laissez les bonne temps roullez

— Mark Butkus

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