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spacer.gif   Sarah Dollah-Said
Posted by : cj on Monday, January 02, 2006 - 12:40 PM
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On the Steps of Adler

I watch the cold dark bed
As it moves to a rhythmic beat
Calm in the midst of the exciting chaos
That is Chicago on a Saturday night in July.

A piece of rust that has morphed itself
Into a pier of lights, hopes, and dreams
Cries because nobody understands its history.

Flashes compete with each other
In dire need of the most attention
And the heat becomes cool and
The diverse voices sing to each other
In a beautiful chorus.

On the steps of Adler,
The indigo sky flashes and begins
To light up with its anticipation of
The birth of a new day.

In Chicago, who knows what will happen when the sunrises.

Boats full of intoxicated energy
Drunkenly trudge across the water
As the parties reach their peak.

Reds, oranges, greens, purples
Join the indigo and
Chicago becomes an explosion
Of summer romanticism.

I alone hear the bass of
Grant Park in serenity
With my pen, journal, and beloved.

I enjoy the breeze of the lake on a Saturday night
As I watch first loves flair as
Hand holding teenagers take a stroll down the lake
And old loves unite and laugh at reminiscences.

The concrete perches me above
The lake as I spy on
A city of millions-
Each person with their own
Happiness, sorrow, brightness, and darkness.

Some people enjoy the night
While others sulk and try to
Sleep it out until the oranges
Fight the indigos.

As I look at those gigantic buildings,
I wonder how many sad people live
And cry under those dancing lights.

Who has seen death?
Who has suffered heartache?
How many women have been scarred today?
How many children have lost hope?

Is there pain that lurks under those foundations?
Yeah “Unbreakable”!

The tide rises
And I watch the water
Smack the concrete
As revenge for the daytime’s stress.

An accumulation of a day’s tears.


Note: Sarah Dollah-Said is the author of the book Focus, and her work also appears in Spirit: A Magazine Designed for the Diverse Woman.

 
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