City

 

A COUPLE MILLION PEOPLE

a CITY is a couple million people pretending

not to look at one another

 

but they must steal secret glances once in while

because they are all wearing the same expression,

skillfully mimicked to the last talon of each crow’s foot,

emulations of fiction

and even the freest of them

must feign disinterest

of those millions pressing against him

in apartments above and trains below,

the millions he must pretend not to notice,

who, in turn, pretend not to notice him

in the CITY he joined to escape the vast emptiness

of the natural world

 

A CITY is also a couple million people pretending

that none of this is true

-JSMB 3/4/12

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