Geographically Challenged-My Downtown Experience

A Look At Downtown, Kingston

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Downtown, Kingston is home to all types of businesses and people. It can be very crowded on any given day, overflowing with people looking for deals.

I am sure I've come down this road before

Seen that face

Heard that roar


The roar of the crowd upon the hill

Where the land seems to run

As the water stands still


The thick coat of scum harboring nasty creatures

Dreadful diseases

Nasty features


And in this muck a child does hop

Oh please, please

Make it stop


Stop the vendors from being around every corner

Lining the streets

Down to the harbor


Driving for miles and still in the same place

I feel like such

A big disgrace

About The Poem

I grew up in a very cozy part of the country and have moved into the urban area recently. It was not until this move that I have come to realize how sheltered my life had been. The greatest shock was the condition of the surroundings; residents seemed to be so at ease with it.

I dread going downtown. I still have trouble finding my way around for two reasons. (1) Everywhere looks the same to me and (2) there are so many people crowding the streets that my focus is to keep everything that is on me, well, on me.

Downtown is the best place to get great deals on anything you want to buy. There is every type of clothing store, restaurant, furniture store, or institution there. If you can name it, you will find it Downtown. This is great if you do not mind dodging sewage water running on the streets (pun totally intended) and fighting off vendors from every angle.

Do not get me wrong now; I will venture to this exciting place in Kingston for a little adrenaline rush. There is always something interesting happening downtown.

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

I grew up on a farm, and I too prefer the solitude and quiet. Crowds are something that I try to avoid.


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Loi-Renee 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

You are so right Gypsy Rose. When I go downtown I see to it that i put hand sanitizer or a pack of wipes in my pocket or bag because of all the things I will end up touching, or the things/people touching me. Its always hot here and everybody downtown is always rushing so you know when you're downtown by the smell of sweat in the air.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Liked the poem and can relate.I live in the suburbs in Riga, Latvia. Originally I'm from Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, New York. I tell you I love the days when I can walk about here and run into no one. Then we go shopping into the center of Riga and you just can't help but brush against everyone and everything. Sometimes it makes me dizzy. We won't even discuss what Manhattan made me feel like.


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Loi-Renee 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Carol3San.

I too prefer the malls. There are two within walking distance of our house so I only go downtown if my sisters and I are going shopping.

Thank you for the vote. :)


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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Hi Loi-Renee, nice poem I never thought of down town like that before. I live between to big cities ( miami and Ft. Lauderdale) but I seldom go downtown to either city unless I happen to have business there. I used to shop there years ago but I longed since stopped that practice in favor of the malls. voted up.

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