City of mills, bricks and machines
city of harbors and shipwrights and steam
city of railroads, scarred and iron-voiced
city of fists and flags, of unions and parades.
City of barrooms, city of grilles
of fry cooks and cigarettes, city of curses
city of bus drivers and drunks
city of water ice and roasted chestnuts.
City of hookers and stickball in alleys
city of smokestacks and trolley cars
of murders and mobsters. City of headlines
and empty Sunday streets. City of jazz.
City of 'spare a dime' and 'you buy me
an orange soda.' Sleepless city
shooting hoops. City of night watchmen
and diners. City of coffee and pie.
City of sirens and microphones
ample city, cheapskate city, city of chalk
and cinders. City of fish wrap and
smoke. My city. Your city. Our city.