It can happen that one night you find yourself skiing through a pedestrian mall in the middle of Paris as snow falls on the glass roof —a luminous parasol above the Champs-Élysées.
And it can happen that you wake up and find yourself in Baltimore
and you'll remember the five kids cut down this week all within a few minutes of your street.
Two teens who fought then shot. A high school sophomore pistol-whipped at a bus stop. Three children of a man, mad at his ex— drowned in a bathtub one after the next at the Marriott of the Inner Harbor
—our shrine of progress our flotilla of diversions-an armada of Sunday pleasures where we grab a snack and plant a buck in the outstretched hat of the juggling clowns—the Peruvian musical duo El Condor Pasa echoes above choppy waves
Kim Jensen (www.kimjensen.org) is a Baltimore-based writer, poet, activist, and educator. Her books include a novel, "The Woman I Left Behind" and two collections of poems, "Bread Alone" and "The Only Thing that Matters".