A Quiet Morning Alone in the City
Observations During a Quiet Sunrise,
Alamo Square, San Francisco, February 2018
I see a man standing
amongst the trees
all alone for just a moment
with nothing but a poet's musing to disturb him
His neighbors are still sleeping --
except the birds --
chattering excitedly about
the stranger in their midst
I wonder what the man thinks about
from his high perch
as he watches the city
breathe into life
Perhaps he contemplates
the city skyline
The hills once beckoned to man,
"Come and conquer me if you can!
We were here long before you
and we shall still be here
long after you depart."
The hills mock no longer.
Man has leveled and straightened
sticking his boxes of ticky-tacky
and towering landfills
wherever he pleases.
I hope that this man
his need to conquer
on this quiet morning