March 2024

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By Stephanie Green

Beyond mechanical, 

reaching between sky and earth, 

baffled agent of the eternal

rise and fall of cities,

you dazzle us from above,

we worship you from below, 

we who follow nothing 

but our tiny cement pathways.

Tall and impervious,

planted yet seeing farther,

you bear what we never would.

Your arms carry gigantic weights

we could never lift by ourselves.

Without you 

so much less is possible.

Without you

we might remember

who we are.