(whole poem):Originally posted by Carl Sandburg
Sandburg encapsulated the character of the City of Chicago as it was 93 years ago with that paeon to the old industrial heartland. While certain changes in economic activities have occurred during the last century, I contend there is still a kernel of truth behind those words. True, many Chicagoans now have service sector jobs but the underlying attitudes you see present in many of its residents still echo 'husky brawling Big Shoulders'. The Windy City may have its share of bold corruption but at the same time it also exudes an aura of power not felt in comparable sized urban centers.
I wonder how many other cities' essence could be summed up in a few words? I know better than to ask fellow Cyburbians to actually compose poems (well except maybe Bear) about cities but wonder if it's possible to at least identify salient characteristics (or poetic qualities if one is so inclined) that in some way 'define' a city's character. For instance, could Buffalo be described:
bypassed by time;
echoes of mediocre grandeur.
pray to Bathtub Mary
you've got zubaz
To wear to the Slayer concert
after the fish fry
If I had to come up with the best/fewest words to sum up New York I'd venture:
Diversity incarnate; crossroads of the world. The zenith and nadir of wealth.
Salt Lake City:
where the west begins....to pall.
Can you come up with words to encapsulate the essence of a city you've lived in or spent time around?