News crawls in its garish colors
A Times Square in miniature
But the phantoms of department stores and finishing schools
Still sit hollow, awaiting their waltz with the orange pylons and cranes that are perpetually somewhere
Cross streets sustain cobblestone progress, fish taco specialists
And havens for bicycle evangelists
The navel of the city is its Greek Revivalist cupola
A marble homage to ancient democracy
Now wrapped by a novel perimeter of upturned, wrought-iron arrows
The picnic blankets, picketers and panhandlers that once populated this lawn have gone missing
A public space forfeited in the name of security
Poem ©Tracy Zollinger Turner, 2014.
These pieces were originally used to narrate the photography
exhibit 25 on High in Columbus, Ohio’s Urban Art Space.