The Ceilings of Markets

Look high above the stalls and hawkers
ignore the screech of commerce, of
lure and lust,
and see the sky conquered by
steel struts, by wooden slats or
materials the layman cannot name –
feel the space beyond this
barrier, and know that further is
something the layman will not tame –
with all the wealth of the world
gathered beneath these meager roofs,
know that, without these protections,
all will crumble and rot
in moments.

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