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FROM THE CITY WHERE MEN ARE
Go, from the city where men are saying "Heart is here
dying" meaning "Bring business back into Queen Street,"
talking tough about arteries, of commerce. Meanwhile
radios tell: Northland and Coromandel are exposed
to hostile forces. Later, attack will be mounted on the city.
Come two or three o’clock, rain, gale-force winds
arrive as scheduled.
                               You close the kitchen door
of an almost empty house. Some body moans in her bedroom.
A vein in her foot throbs under burnt skin.
"It’s my nerves," she claims. "Let me sleep. I must go on
              sleeping." Another whispers,
"If I stand, because I shall stand, at a window
not altogether shut, I may look into a fig tree
where the fruits ripen and split,"
gutted by sensitive white-eyed birds.
Ravished, spoiled crops waver and branches twitch.
News summaries report troubles in New York, Pennsylvania
bankrupt, Michigan no longer can afford justice’ expense
or of learning.
                       That was a repeat broadcast.
                                                                                  10. 3. 71
Editor's note
From the City Where Men Are : first publication; marital and suburban angst
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