Photo Retrospective: Baltimore (plus bad poetry)

Oh Baltimore, sweet Baltimore!

My home for a year, oh Baltimore!

For my future and life, in you I put stock,

On my first night there, I stumbled into The Block.*

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Little Italy was home, an artist’s townhouse that leaked

In winter it froze, in summer it reeked.

Yet it had cats, and a lovely neighborhood:

Inner Harbor was there, and also Whole Foods.

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New friends and new hopes, in new churches to meet:

Sailors Union, Govans, FCF, Lee Street,

Central, Chesapeake, Old Otterbein, and more,

In historic and richly “diverse” Baltimore!

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Barukatash, Wyclif, Gideon, Kyriosity,

McKenzie, Garver, Bergey, Steven, Riptiki,

Tag, Steph, AManne, Sad Eyed Artist, Dear_Mo,

And if I’ve forgotten anyone, sorry, but yo!

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I’m sorry, dear Baltimore, The City That Reads,

I’d have stayed a bit longer but I didn’t  BELIEVE 

It’s not that your pull and your Charm weren’t strong;

It’s just that the commute to DC was too long.

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To you I came, oh Baltimore, bright-eyed but doleful,

Sad and lonely and burdened with a broken heart,

From you I left, love renewed and hopeful,

And with a degree in Digital Art.

“Oh Baltimore!”

A Really Bad Poem by Paulo

Full photosets:

Baltimore Memories, MICA Memories, Lee Memorial Park, President’s Day Snowstorm, Historic Ships, Shot Tower.

* I stumbled into the Block looking for a good cheese steak, not cheap tranny whores. If I’d known about that area of town I wouldn’t have gone near it. Fortunately I left with my virginity and wallet intact.