40 Reasons to Love Chicago

Because our poets see beauty in rush hour

One of our favorite Chicago poets is inspired while crossing the Monroe Street bridge

LATE AFTERNOON

From the Monroe St. bridge
            where I was walking east
I looked upriver one
            block to the Madison
St. bridge, now that I had
            stopped to watch: in parti-
colored clothes thick crowds were
            streaming west to the end-
of-the-day trains. Now, I
            know the workday undoes
so many, but here I
            could see them, see us all,
just when mostly with but
            a little against each
other we were all tired
            and crossing right and wrong
ways to get over the
            Monroe St. bridge west (or
Madison St. bridge east).

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