The Ancient Life of Cities


In electric caves and synthetic clothes, our hearts beat like Cain's.

Unfamiliar with the sun and the wind, blind without our glasses, we hunt as well as Esau.

Jacob lived in a tent and raised sheep, but he's still the kind of executive companies want.

Abel is here too. His goodness, and his blood, are in the streets.

And Noah, with his backyard boat and laughing neighbours.

We see the cloud by day and the fire by night, eat manna and wander the city.

Jonah sends email to Nineveh. The Babylonians wear watches.

Bandits on the expressways and samaritans in SUVs.

Another Ruth finds another Boaz. The gleaners go back to picking the garbage.