Boxes clickclack like LEGOS
escorted by confident cranes over
fragile veins to keep the whole world
up and racing.
The city, from their point of view
a sidebar, has enough year-round jade
for mercantile satiation
if only it were capital
and not growing things.
Traditionally, the city has guarded
all its life - it would rather
articulated bus jacknife all over the highway
than salt the roads during a snow
because of the tained runoff