I wish I could tell you a thing about cities,
how red taillights are like beads on a string
or each square in the sidewalk is like a charm
or a link binding neighbor to neighbor.
I wish I could give you the excitement of cities,
a defense against green lawns and isolation,
a song of new urbanism and vibrant community.
But I’m tired, and the bracelet is tarnished.
Maybe just for today — but I can’t wish it away.