I missed Day 24 of the Na/GloPoWriMo 2019. The challenge that day was to pick a reference book and blindly choose something from any given page. Having no reference books currently handy, I turned to Wikipedia. One of today’s featured entries was on the Empire State Building. It reminded me of when I visited New York City to try to help a friend recover from illness.
Empire State's Eternity by Michael Romani I had gone to New York City To comfort a friend gone ill I remember feeling it was a pity And I feel that way still While I was there I photographed the boroughs; all five All hours of the day, everywhere It was good to be alive There in all captured in digital Was an art deco significant tower That had an impression beyond visual Even in the evening's growing hour Skyscraper in midtown Manhattan An icon of the fabled Empire State Moments there felt like satin The fall of the North Tower sealed its fate In homage, I climbed those stairs for me But mostly for you as a challenge and a dare Up close as I could get to the Observatory That holds a panoramic view beyond compare Its story holds a race into Gotham's sky You laughed as you told me the way And while its height is reborn, you had to die Maybe that's why I chose to forget until today It is one of those things lost in the mist That you had always wanted me to see Just one of those things that I would have missed Were it not for the sake of your legacy I remember looking up with a heart loss glance Up onto the top of that lightning rod spire And I was glad to get that last simple chance To look down on this world feeling so inspired Indiana limestone worn strong on the outside With a bronze motif depicting our nation's industry The Eighth Wonder of the World in its American pride From its height, you and I looked deep into eternity (c) April 30, 2019 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved