William Weiyi Marr

Night Cruise On Lake Michigan - Poem by William Weiyi Marr

Standing on top of a skyscraper
one can no doubt pick the stars with ease
yet from here it seems more likely
that the stars descend from the sky themselves
to decorate the Magnificent Mile

Shining bright in the fabulous windows
or growing pale in the darkening sky—
what a choice

Near McCormick Place the ship turns around
farther down are ghettos
not much to see

(1991, Chicago)

The Chinese version:


但多 半,我猜

在巧奪天工 的玻璃窗口欣欣炫耀

船 到馬康密克場便掉頭了

附注﹕華 麗的一哩(The Magnificent Mile或稱The Miracle Mile) 指密西根大道 的一段,為芝加哥湖濱的黃金地帶,世界上最壯觀的高樓大廈在此林立。
馬康密克場(McCormi ck Place) 為工業品展覽場所。

Topic(s) of this poem: metaphor, social comment

Form: Free Verse

Comments about Night Cruise On Lake Michigan by William Weiyi Marr

  • Roseann Shawiak (1/23/2016 11:51:00 PM)

    Enjoyed the imagery, it felt like I was on the cruise experiencing everything you described. Really great poem, William! Give it a 10! Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

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  • Adeline Foster Adeline Foster (10/2/2013 5:44:00 PM)

    I like this poem, it speakes of open space. Read mine - Wide Open Spaces -
    Adeline (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, February 15, 2016

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