IMITATIONS OF LIFE – Alden Marin

IMITATIONS OF LIFE

The sky
across from
the lumberyard
looks like
unbuilt buildings–
no walls, no roof
only doorways to escape
in spaces no one
would think to take;
these fanciful flights
skyward, towards
alleged heaven–
the route out and up
for denizens sitting
at Starbucks
the mecca of choice;
helicopters circling
in their LA circus–
pigeons strutting
purple steps–a crude
urban waltz–as the downtown
world on Tuesday does
its best imitations
of life.