It’s like marriage, really,
living in a city

you can’t just take
the city by itself,
can’t make a life out of
your love for the buildings
or the beaches or the hills

you have to
take the people, too

there will be the in-laws
you adore and the ones
you’d rather never be
caught in an elevator with

you learn the idiosyncrasies,
figure out how to make it work

it’s like marriage, really,
making a life
in any city

it takes love
and work.