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Chicago

This city is not my language.
Under my fingernails there
are no pink

lines; in my walk I cross
no targets
held in blocks, gone
of

fences, all of them cut
wide and clear cornered. This
city
is a dog with man eyes caught
peeping through basement
windows, its tail half to bone, big
alley tongue.

I walk over its river, briefly, and then later back
off the loop at Quincy—these
are not my boats, my loop cut. This

prospect
of old trains
and buildings
and I, a countrymouse.
Posted 09/26/09
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