Amber uncertainties of day decrease. Cinema skyscrapers, Ice-strong in August's simmering, by custom, Strain, vertical ambassadors of a raindown faith, Unbuttoned pageantry of striptease In mineral prayers by crystal seconds click Skyward where the welter minutes works Oblong in loss, incomplete, reversed By hasty tobacco minutes of falsity Puffing from a face; casual, displaced--- Break the blue nerve-strings from olive eyes, And amber eyes, that we may see you once unclothed; O beauty with a mind to terrorize! O ghost that haunts and leaves the self undone, An abandoned shoe of spirit amid--- Radiant presentment of headlights, streets Too seeming-perfect to harbor scars, Rivers of the face, deep windings Of the conestoga's strut, Manhattan accolades, Segregated tenements of hilarity, lets The lost sea rage alone its winner-take-all And spaded waves. Those with taper memories, burn In silent aquatic lives, cinched tendencies Of gain, condensed and closed Soliloquies of the inward gaze. Recall, love, the angled awnings that louvered In the street and rescind their makeshift wanton Gathers and their stays that stripe Jazz consistencies of dreams, locked arms of thought. And freedom of the broken mind spends night Like fragment glints of pennies, dimes, In an uncertain, subway sallow tenement Linking past and time and sanest beauty immutably. How many hands have lent their grace and power, Past strict steerage of the sky, agile abandoners, To build with conscious thought of staying these Sandstone monuments of dreams? O lordly city, living sepulchre! Never unwind The beaking strangulations of your light, Clipped and clipped, astute on broken boxes And bandaged lives. Twenty hundred thousand move out In convict kicks, coral syllables of mouths Uttering lovely convolutions in sharpest salt that brims some vast veins' vented tension flow. O river city, sapient of light, there is more In the level skeletons of your praise And mazy words than you or I, leaning above Any silver quay, may guess in any Sun-silk scattering of days.