Friday, July 22, 2011

fff55: The Plumbline and the City

What makes a city?

Architects and builders
Pencils and plumb lines
Bricks and mortar
Concrete and steel.

Roads and railways
Alleys and roundabouts
Pavements and walk-ways
Bridges and tunnels.

Shops and offices
Churches and temples
Hotels and hospitals
Houses, not homes.

Where are the people?
Residents and workers
Visitors and tourists
A city needs people.

This week's contribution to Flash Fiction Friday 55, which is hosted by the great G-Man over at Mr. Knowitall's Blog.

The photo is of a sculpture called The Plumbline and the City, by Clark Fitz-Gerald, in Coventry Cathedral.


Ellie Garratt said...

I really enjoyed your poem; I've never stopped to think of all the elements that make a city. Love it!

Ellie Garratt

Brian Miller said...

i love the city...and yes the people give it a pulse...

Cheryl said...

Great piece of poetry reminding us of what it takes to form a city and where to find its heart.

G-Man said...

How about a McDonalds?
What a marvelous city planner you would make.
Loved your 55 My Friend.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Alice Audrey said...

People are certainly the basis for any real city.

Mama Zen said...

Yep! Gotta have people!

Monkey Man said...

Could we at least be selective about the people? ;-)

snafu said...

Nicely structured and ending with what built the city, people.
City means many things to many people. In the USA, what we would call a small town is often called a city and here in England at one time a town could only become a ‘City’ if it had a cathedral, independent of its size. Not sure if that definition still stands. The City of London is just a small area within the greater London conurbation, so London is not a city, whilst the small St David’s in Wales is a true City because it has a cathedral.

Jingle said...

colorful and visual 55.

we do need these wonders.
Happy Sunday.