Song for a City

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

 
Intercity distance.
We know the globe as a patched work of countries...

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

 
The speed of life.
Darling machines we live with...

 
A superhighway of faces.
I bus to Perth / must cost less...

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

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

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

 
Your own little bit of nature.
High walls: the weeded gardens...

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

 
Conditions of tenure.
Unlike happiness, you can't buy a home...

 
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