Paying My Dues (Or An Ode to Chicago Traffic Fines)

I’ve been

Ticketed in Marquette Park

Towed in the South Loop

Booted in Wicker

And cited in Englewood


All appeals



My driving

You said


Keeps the lights on

In this city



Fare for grid-guided travel

Is rewarded by a skyline

Distantly lit

Outside of my bedroom window


Backdrop to



A small price, I suppose

For luminous inspiration

A muted city sky

With skyscraper stars


Image courtesy of prithis, Flickr Creative Commons


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