Too Busy Is the City


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Busy is the city,

Places to go, lights that glow,

What a pity,

That the city can’t go slow,

Or stop to catch one fleeting breath,

Until death,

In the meantime it teems,

While cold hearts pass each other,

Frozen sounds it seems,

Caught on their lips,

No warmth to share,

No time to care,

Just places to go,

To and fro,

The city can’t go slow,

With heartbeat that rocks,

Calmness it mocks,

Breathes out, breathes in,

No time to grin or make a friend,

What a pity,

That the city,

 Races break neck speed,

And does not heed,

I think the city,

Should stop to rest,

But the city won’t listen,

It thinks I jest.

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19 thoughts on “Too Busy Is the City

  1. “While cold hearts pass each other,”

    So so true about life in a city. I wrote a poem once with the line, “traffic roars/ and people hurry/ to get to wherever/ they don’t want to go.”

    If we’re lucky, we can still find our place. Loved the poem.

  2. City won’t slow.. that’s true.. but each one of us can take this risk of taking a pause.. stop..rest.. contemplate ..and move on with our own comfortale speeds.. Thanks for a lovely poem.. came through Jingle’s PPL..

  3. I love this one, it reminds me of being on the center of Athens in the early afternoon when I wonder how come everyone came out at the same time … If you sit and watch the busy town from a coffee shop is kind of nice, but once you mix with the traffic is sometimes unpleasant. Thanks for sharing Dan!

    • Yes, there are things about cities i enjoy as well. Thanks for your comments.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    • I love many things about the city but sometimes the rushing to and fro and the insensitivity is upsetting.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    • Actually, Jamie, there are many aspects of city life I like. In SF I like the blending of cultures, the unique buildings, the museums and arts, the aromas of freshly baked breads, etc. Each city has its beauty. I always like to visit, and stay for a short while. I could easily write a poem from the opposing viewpoint.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  4. being from the country i can relate to the feelings toward the city here. too fast for me. 🙂 i couldnt pick a favorite line as each one represents a though and does so so well. i love this. happy potluck.
    Kellie Elmore

  5. Undoubtedly, one of the best article l have come across on this precious topic. I quite agree with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your coming updates.

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