she was a city


she was a city
in search of itself
everywhere, nowhere
her rivers flowing in her heart’s hinterlands
her aspirations touching Eiffel pinnacle
her shiny faith lady Liberty’s lit torch
her waywardness a Barcelona sprawl
her precedents vintage Bombay’s wharves
her spirit an adventurer pirate of yore
her speech a newly fashioned drawl
her inner serenity river Ganges banks
she was ancient, she was new
reinventing, improvising anew
she was, is a city
in touch with itself
content of itself
everywhere nowhere
always complete
unto self, at home
even when not
photo taken in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada


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