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

Denied

 

My driving

You said

 

Keeps the lights on

In this city

 

Where

Fare for grid-guided travel

Is rewarded by a skyline

Distantly lit

Outside of my bedroom window

 

Backdrop to

All

 

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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