Friday, July 29, 2005

History becomes
the inhalation of clutter
as though November wind
has blown a city's worth
of litter through our desire
to consume.

Nearing retirement, stripping
weight from ourselves, we discover
forgotten scraps—notes crusted
with remembrance—from a life.

We're reinventing ourselves—
an empty warehouse—
once a depot for general auto parts—
Desoto, Edsel, Studebaker—
empty, a thought in the minds
of the planning department.

In visions, new pharmaceutical
school arises—pristine tower
awakening a city's core
once presumed dying.

Not yet—no, not yet.

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