she sinks her hooks into your heart, all right.
beneath summerstained skies, she is fade-resistant in the sunlight
and at night, bright and shimmering in jewel-tones and swathes of secret light
glittering along the edges of the river, which whispers,
I dare you to trust me. I will swell and I will take, in a heartbeat,
damn near close to everything. I am dangerous. I will rise.
I dare you to love me, to love this city.

and yet, you do.
you run back and let the riverwater sink into your soul,
let the colours and light burn into your retina,
let the bone-breaker city swallow your heart whole,
and you fall in love over & over & over.

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