Walking in the City

I walked

through sorrow today God

old broken tenements

where you wouldn’t

want to live

stuffed with too many

of your children

 

that made them

less than

they ought to be

 

walking in the city

is a sorrow

I walked

through affluence today God

overbuilt homes

with hollow rooms

where you wouldn’t want to live

and few others can

I walked

through rushing today God

where people were buying

and selling

each other

I thought

you wouldn’t want

to live there

where people are

customers or clerks

to be yelled at

walking in the city

is a rushing

 

I walked

through joy today God

a gentle mix

of houses and people

young and old

and you probably live there too

walking in the city

is a joy

–Merle Franke