Only This (1992)

I walk along the country white with blossoming,
But there is nothing anywhere for me.
The city that I love is very far, so far away,
And it is only this I want to see.

It rises in my mind and greets my craving eye
With power that is strong and proud and free.
Its gleaming glass and steel pass through me and I feel
Alive with every homeward step I take.

And down below there, the sound of triumph,
Roaring through the tunnels mightily.
But here, ’round me, only white blossoming,
And there is not a single man-made sound.

I walk along the country white with blossoming,
But there is nothing anywhere for me.
The city that I love is very far, so far away,
And it is only this I want to see.

Thousands of wires in thousands of cables,
I see them all winding along;
Energy hurrying, messages carrying,
Up to the men beyond.

Men with goods to sell—-good men, I know you well,
Your faces hard as gold and just as fine.
And buyers strolling by, they try with sharpest eye
To spot a deal of profit-taking true.

And up above you your signs are shining,
Words of glowing pride and sovereignty.
But here, ’round me, only white blossoming,
And there is not a single sign of life.

I walk along the country white with blossoming,
But there is nothing anywhere for me.
The city that love is very far, so far away,
And it is only this I want to see.

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2 Responses to Only This (1992)

  1. Opus Dei says:

    “The city that love is very far, so far away,
    And it is only this I want to see.”

    You have beautifully captured what I feel every single day…to be there, among concrete Everest’s and neon lights, the city I want to see…

  2. I’m glad this poem gives it to you.

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