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Below is the poem entitled LEAVING CHICAGO which was written by poet Nola Perez. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Above the roller-coaster rain clouds, 
there's a moment when the wing tip of the plane 
cuts seamlessly into serene blue as it banks 
over Chicago. It's a layover in the sunlit limbo 
of the hope island, its tranquil azure meadow afloat 
with faux sheep, each one like 'ile flottante', 
cotton candy, dessert of the day.
This is lofty communion in the Archdiocese of the Sky, 
superior to that of Holy Name Cathedral where you broke 
bread with shades of 1870s parishioners, consigned 
to the company of of North Side gangster Hymie Weiss, 
and two luckless henchmen, whacked to a nonstop flight 
across the street from, not the First, Second, or Third, 
but the Fourth Presbyterian's Gothic gathering place
where a cornerstone inscription on the church still bears 
bullet marks of the murders.  Masses of flowers
sent to the grieving widows.  Nothing 
"personal', you understand--Just business!  Ah Yes! 
American Organized Crime and Charity!  

Outside Fourth Presbyterian's Gothic facade, its carved 
stone tympanum a legless man sits in his stations-
of-the cross wheelchair, dispensing Sunday cheer 
and greetings, no Tommy gun in sight. So much the pity, 
leaving Chicago without violence, just churches, lore
of gangsters, a riveting river, and speakeasies. 

As the plane banks into the marshmallow topping 
over Minnesota in its descent to the Janus Cities, 
the bird-head jet pods still face Chicago. Wind flaps 
gape wide in a noiseless scream, and across the sky's 
white flatland, ice castles rise in which live 
the frosty angels of Yes and No.

Copyright © Nola Perez

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  1. Date: 1/4/2012 11:15:00 AM
    Congratulations on making it through the 1st round of PoetrySoup International Contest. Wishing you the best in the finals Nola. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/28/2011 6:00:00 PM
    It's as if you know these places so well, NOla. I was very pleased to see this one made it through round one of the big Soup contest. There should be more poets like you that win big in that contest. You are remarkable!

  1. Date: 12/27/2011 7:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Nola. I wish you the best on your writing endeavors in the new year. Love, Carol