Poem inspired by Chicago by Brian Doyle
Savor the motley chaotic beery muddle of the White Sox; For one dollar, buy three warm glowing holy amazing empanadas; Great art can be made by unbelievable idiots. When the wind whips I feel a bolt of what I can only call Chicagoness-- roaring with industry while surrounded by agriculture. There are snowy owls along the lake if you look carefully. Chicago, which raises from the plains like Oz where there's still laughter in the air and glitter in the puddles. Stopping in the Billy Goat for awful coffee where hope was incarcerated and despair was always on the menu. God bless. Go Bears. The arrogance of skyscrapers starving for something not glass and metal and concrete. I thought I could hear the lake muttering, "There is no place better to have the blues than Chicago." This deeper sense of the city was not at all where the shepherds of tourist claim it to be. I wonder if there is not one city for each of us? Without stories there is no nation and no religion and no culture.