here's an idea
the city
how it is all stacked up
like a pancake pile
beginning in the basement
which is a poetic device
meaning the subway
and rising to the skyscrapers
can you see how this is literary?
but no - City of Layers
(as it should be called, i think)
will never be written
because now Vanessa
has me thinking about people instead
and the way you sometimes catch them
sincerely smiling at their smartphones