City Lights

City Lights
Now let us praise
the Is-ness of cities
for which even Jesus
wept prophetic tears
that man-made quiddity
of window, wall and door
that broken metaphor
for man’s incessant striving
Dresden swept by fire
Nanking drenched in blood –
that strict integument
of asphalt and cement
beneath which beats a pulse:
alive! alive! alive!