AmsterGrams: 2nd Edition


At the opulent party of boutique denim

I ask a lovely woman—where are your poor,

Your mentally ill?

She tells me she works with the underprivileged daily

And I see in the jewels of her eyes—

The Dutch take care of their own

Beyond the crowned glory of canals and cobblestone

Unseen by our nation of selfies.


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When you live among 400-year-old buildings

What’s to fear?

You’re small.

You’re here for a few moments of glory and woe

So you put your three children

in a bucket on your bike

(helmet? Seriously)

and ride joyously

into the open arms of the day.