Sweet Home Chicago (Poem-A-Day 12)

ChicagoFor today’s prompt, write a city poem. The poem can take place in a city, can remember the city (in a general sense), be an ode to a specific city, or well, you should know the drill by now. City poem: Write it!

Sweet Home Chicago

Down the block from my apartment
Was a dingy grocery
Wares stacked to the ceiling
Aisles too narrow for those
Of Midwestern “bearing”

But I loved it
Being just a short walk away
And open any hour
I was likely to need

There was a small coffee shop
Just under the El station
That offered homemade donuts
For my morning commute
On the rails to the Loop

Another block past the El
Was a vegetarian cafe
Outdoor seating under city trees
A fresh harvest transformed
Into omelets and burritos

The only place I frequented
That wasn’t within walking distance
Delivered stuffed pizzas
It took ninety minutes
And was worth every one of them
Instructing Chicagoans in
Delayed gratification

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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