Aren't all cities built on a terrace of carnage, shifted layers of earth between the pottery and dead language of a first and next
embers cooled and dusted over, pocked by the shepherd staves, pig-shit-on, and trammeled by the wolf packs
whole periods of neighborhood, of relatives by marriage, of bedsharers,
of work life vulnerable to forgetting, to being forgotten, to have been.
Straw beach hats found in a trunk: such are opportunities. And thinking of them in this city, figments of snap memories, things that might have happened if they did,
several of the friends I've had would remark on this casual reverie, the sitting here at the fresh front staring with a caffeine blank, no doubt to passers-by
puncturing any thought -- if they were inclined to let it breathe -- that here's where the work gets done, where worlds are reimagined
the old transmitting sharpness to the young in the breach, at just the right point, time's beauty mark.
Well here's something, the drunk espresso fine enough for it, clean, and my mood is forward with the ships,
the boats conveying the visitor, idler, the family with a hand-held happy child,
espresso fine enough with a cinnamon dash and unintrusive jazz --
tentative about this, but try it:
On a day of surprise, on the first day of an injustice,
a perpetrator jerks into action, musters his 'crazy' and acts on the unthinkable, and a whole Rube Goldberg of a process sets off -- no hitch -- on its way
and what happens to us, in this City On The Hill, enraptured --
I say to you, do this: amo amas, you know, catch the U.S. in a swoon, get caught-up in the hurricane, the unconditional love, hoping for the wind to veer.