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This town begs to be a city. Eclectic shops come and go. Dreams blossom and wilt. Still it swallows me whole sometimes. Just like it did when I was seventeen.  A few high rises line the river offering penthouse status, sparkles of blue and a clear view of another country. Seagulls circle over small boutiques, flea markets and the latest hang out for organic cuisine. I smirk at the English pub I used to frequent often with friends. The raw acoustic sound wraps itself around me like a familiar hug.  The old theater, now a venue for live performances is lit up like Vegas in vintage cinema letters. I pass the art gallery, a martini bar and a retro music store before finally reaching the library. This is the last stop before the scenery becomes a bit dicey. Or… you can make your way to the chemical plants, where this town hides the best of its big city lights.

 

I was small under fall of leaves

Colossal in the spring of youth

Shadowed in wake of winter

Summer sun, my only light

 

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This week, we are taking our haibun to the city with a contemporary approach to the form. Bjorn shares all the details over at dVerse.  Hope to meet up with you there!

 

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  1. I can imagine that town dressing up like Vegas in vintage cinema lights ~ Chemical plants at the end though, is telling of which way this town or city is heading into ~ And love your quartrain of seasons ~

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  2. I too enjoy your quatrain of the seasons! The city dressed like Vegas is an excellent visual. “The raw acousfic sounds wraps around me like a familiar hug.” Wonderful line!

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  3. I followed all the way… thanks for the image and of the experience. 🙂

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  4. I felt like I was walking alongside. Wonderful imagery and color.

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  5. the quatrain is indeed a delight and the imagery of your prose, too!

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  6. I enjoyed this walk through your town that ‘begs to be a city’. I like the ‘sparkles of blue and a clear view of another country’ and the seagulls circling. I like the dark twist at the end, where ‘the scenery becomes a bit dicey. Or… you can make your way to the chemical plants, where this town hides the best of its big city lights.’ A wonderful tour of the seasons in your crowning quatrain, Mish!

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  7. Such a wonderfully hypnotic scene which you’ve painted here with your words, Michelle ❤️ the imagery alone made me feel like I was part of the experience. Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  8. Thanks for sharing your walk through the town with bright lights and big dreams. The photo is a perfect counterpoint.

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  9. This town begs to be a city…. perfect intro

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  10. I love your walk through the seasons of your city and ‘The raw acoustic sound wraps itself around me like a familiar hug’ is such a wonderful line :o)

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  11. Enjoyed walking with you to the library.

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  12. I especially like how you describe that border to the less attractive part of town… a town that begs to be a city shows some ambition *smiles*

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  13. Oh you’ve taken us through the aging change of a town/city — and yourself and your “city ways” as well. We went back to the “town” where I grew up a few years ago — now a city. Went down to the lakefront where I fished on the pier with my dad. Everything so changed — and sad to see my old house with stairs on a battered porch, just hanging on….apple tree gone…lilac bushes gone….
    everything changes. But oh — the chemical plant — ugh.

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  14. This really struck me because it could have been a description of my town/city. The shops that open and close, the theaters, art galleries and then the high rises along the river. Just so familiar.

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  15. The sentiment is strong and the visuals are excellent! Your poem at the end is profound, poignant and moving. Fantastic work. ❤️

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  16. great twist with the chemical plants! Love your descriptions of hope and failure of becoming “a big city”.

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  17. In many cities there’s that line of demarcation that lets you know that you’re now passing into a whole different vibe. For whatever reason some towns just stay small towns and never evolve past that. I like your observations and memories of how different places affected you through the “seasons.”

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