Cities From the Air–poem excerpt from Updike

From Island Cities
by John Updike

You see them from airplanes, nameless green islands
in the oceanic, rectilinear plains,
twenty or thirty blocks, compact, but with
everything needed visibly in place—
the high-school playing fields, the swatch of park
along the crooked river, the feeder highways,
the main drag like a zipper, outlying malls
sliced from dirt-colored cakes of plowed farmland.

As found at The Writer’s Almanac
Link: http://writersalmanac.org/page/27/

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