The cities reflect me as I stand on the edge,
cliff nose to window. They would be castles
in the air, if I didn’t look down
to see the miles below where eyes are open,
ogling until the soil, until the grave.
They have the scent of sweet rot,
that candy cane gutter pile left
for the elves in high viz jackets
(that render them invisible to the streets and suits);
underpaid, overworked, and tired – so tired.
And still those glassy screens profess
fresh lilies, crisp and bred to perfection.