Song for a City

The city is Perth, Australia. The stories are real enough.

 
City mile/country mile.
We know the globe as a patched work of countries...

 
Reality begins with the first retelling.
Memory snips around stories...

 
Born running.
Darling machines we live with...

 
How many feet have passed here?
There are no footprints in the City...

 
Tale(s) of public transport.
I bus to Perth / must cost less...

 
Some days the city lives.
Winter passed in procession, rapid...

 
How roads became.
Long ago, before the first cities were built...

 
How does your city grow?
High walls: the weeded gardens...

 
Manhattan ash in the living room.
Bound for the new world...

 
Song for a suburb.
Unlike happiness, you can't buy a home...

 
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