Citizens of a Broken City
by Alison Luterman
She's shuffling around the lake in flip flops pregnant belly hanging out over the open strings of her sweat-pants shouting into her cell phone: "You just don't get it!" Indigo twilight streaked with horsetail clouds. I'm dogging her discreetly, wondering what don't they get? Everything, probably. What it's like to be lugging her particular load, wanted or not, into the uncertain future while above us the sky is doing its big art installation thing, sunset's last flush lighting up the West like those pink neon thighs outlined in shaky fluorescent on the sign swinging outside a saloon: enter here for the time of your life. We're citizens of a broken city, yes in a dying time, yes, amid the general din; improbable that we'll be saved, still we keep hoping, which is to say shuffling, limping, or whizzing along--- kids on skateboards and bikes, the lady with the pink hula hoop swinging her hips in wide joyous circles, Chinese elders practicing T'ai Chi under a spreading oak, all of us putting one semi-discouraged foot in front of the other while above us the absolute indifferent magnificence abounds, abides; from a certain perspective even our ignorance is dazzling.