Reading the Sunday Paper

on my First Day (Back) Here

 

I am in the City

Of Bridges, the

Renaissance City,

The Steel city

 

And today I look

At a major

City’s newspaper

 

Horrors and other

Troubles in Brussels,

In Istanbul, and

Syria (reported

From Beirut)

 

Also talk of state

Candidates for the

Fall that in my

State part

I haven’t heard

Of

 

A hopeful market,

This

 

It is a special day,

Which is covered

Through testimony

From leaders

Of movements

In communities

 

Contiguous,

Congealed

 

There is a story

Of architecture here,

Appropriately given

The age and grand

(Sky-scraping) efforts

Of artists and

Builders over

Time

 

The obituary

Section’s long with

Detailed histories told

Of those now

Taken

 

Editorials, reader

Opinions pretty

Well-reasoned

One take arguing

That civility

Itself must rule

Practices in public

Discourse

 

I skipped the ads

And comic stories

(So far) but pore

Through tailored

Regional parts (the

House I visit is in

The west)

 

There are big

Cities over many

Points in our

Compassed globe

 

While enormity

Conveys impersonal

Anxiety

 

There is an appreciable

 

Nexus of talent

Nature-distributed

Urban-planned

And neighborly

Diversity

 

Freedom in

That

 

Inexorable, the

City strives

With many things

 

Challenge

Then to celebrate

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