For the Love of a City


magnificent in all
that makes you, you

you with the nights,
the darkness,
your skies filled with stars
or utter blankness

you witness
love stories,
you witness
the wars fought for peace,
you witness
the rise and fall of people,
those people who are going
to bring you joy,

you hold
dreams of many,
you seem
unattainable for many,
you belong
to many who
will rise above the restrictions placed
on them,

so when in doubt,
remember all this
because if cities do ever think
and feel insecure
like humans do,
this is an ode to you.



-Meera Manoj