Cabrini Green Housing Project

Cabrini Green Housing Project, Chicago

Tonight 

in the high-rise windows

Christmas lights

flicker

red, green, white 

shapes 

almost familiar


wobbly trees

crooked rectangles 

like a child's drawing

of a house.


Lights flash

on then off

each window a door

of stars

appearing

then

disappearing

in the muted sky.


On the street below

youths

stand in clusters

loose

jackets lifting

in chill wind.


Behind the windows

the small ones

look like

all children

look asleep

heavy cheeks

soft

open mouths


lights of Christmas

blinking

over their

dreaming faces

I'm here, I'm gone

I'm here…


Published in The Book of Hopes and Dreams, Bluechrome,2006