Pittsburgh, 4th of July

© By Boinkaz

Pittsburgh:
Mornings your rivers,
liquid asps
molt their dawn fog.
Boulevards casts nets of metal,
latticed dolphins frozen in flight,
across these summer waters.

The parkway runs along the shore
an excited dog
panting sedans
and box trucks
and delivery vans
clean wrapped in logos.

Eventide,
the Duquesne Incline
clicks an envelope of treated wooden ties
serrated by bulb light.
Red cars pack their chaw of travellers,
then swing off Mt. Washington
from braided ropes of black metal,
their jaws thrust out for a fight.

Darkness, and a
carbonation of fireworks
rise above a cocktail terrain
bubbles of white boats
form and skeeter
cross the cracked glass bottom
Of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers,
then shatter to fallen waves in the Ohio.

Finally you sleep
down round your houses
drunk on the snakehead liquor
of automated innovation,
your hallucinations of the past
gabbling in a hillbilly tongue
of millhunks & Mellons
dies coughing,
like the sickly,
the elderly
during the Donora Inversion of 1948.
Like them,
Faded
Forgotten.

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One thought on “Pittsburgh, 4th of July

  1. FlutePlayer says:

    In dependence we live.

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