Uptown, Chicago

An echo space for the heart
that wants
what has been wanted before
by swarms of others
and not had
or given up on
these city streets zag
with words half-remembered
from taglines
with songs as fresh as jingles
sung by voices that long ago wearied
and faded into musty rooms -
these city streets dream
a dream of feet
that can’t be unstuck
from an empty pavement
as something silently slips away
and looms closer
all at once

Sam Bootle