To Conjure Up - Poem by Kevin Kiely
I went absent leaving you for Chicago
The hotel became a hospital
I signed my committal form at reception
At the Sears Tower in the elevator,
A silver walled room, powered by jet engines
Thrust me with strangers to the 110th floor
From this height through the windows - the lights
In the towers of the city, the moving lights
Of traffic and street lights still, far below.
A snowy cloud passed across the window, dimming
The scene of the black and the lights and the towers
With you missing I could only conjure you up.
And then I said: I will give you all of this city
Below us from this mad height if you bow down
And adore me. I bow down and adore you by the waters
of Lake Michigan breaking and breaking in waves without salt
And she said: I will bow down and adore you.
So I gave her the city
With pleasure I gave her the city of Chicago
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