Archive for January 2011
it feels like a forgotten place.
it’s there on the grid,
right off of the 45,
just 7 miles south of downtown Dallas,
it’s hidden at the same time.
there was no bridge crossing over the rail tracks.
when a train came through,
the only road into town would be blocked.
of sick people in ambulances,
dying as the train slowly rolled by…
or houses aflame as fire trucks waited on the other side of the tracks
maybe the forgotten thing is all in my head.
i’m not from there.
and i’m sure my intuition isn’t sufficient proof.
i’m sure it’s much more complicated than I’ve made it sound.
but then again,
when is it not?
sad but true
there’s not much to it really.
a couple hundred denizens.
a couple dozen horses.
two handfuls of churches.
one pond full of tires.
one naked homeless woman that everyone told me about but I never saw (alas)…
there’s no school.
there’s no supermarket,
and no restaurant.
there’s not a whole lot of anything.
there’s some crime, some drug abuse and some very poor families living there
none of it feels extreme.
that’s just it.
there’s not much to tell you about.
but the truth is,
I’ve never been to a place with quite as much identity as Joppa.