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Best Chicago Poems

Below are the all-time best Chicago poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of chicago poems written by PoetrySoup members


A Chicago Pearl
A Chicago Pearl

She put her dreams on hold but carries them up proudly
as she serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, six days a week
to make ends...

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Categories: chicago, life,
Form: Free verse



Arousing Her: Chicago
At night the city is full of bones
And they
Are very dry

Beneath the trample of urban feet
They are ground

But to live, these dry bones
Must drink words

Sad...

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Categories: chicago, angst, inspirational, sensual,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member nineseventeenPM in Chicago
nineseventeenPM on a winter's night asleep
 wolf wind's a-whistlin' and a-howlin'
   reaching under every blanket, every sheet
     grasping shivering...

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Categories: chicago, autumn, eve, spring, summer, time, wind,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member EE CUMMINGS AND I
  E.E.CUMMINGS AND I


I remember a beautiful, Spring
day in Chicago.
Sitting on my lover's lap.
His eyes as lovely as the spring-
green trees tapping gently on...

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Categories: chicago, emotions, inspiration, longing, poetry,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Putting on the Ritz
I pulled up to the Stork Club in a bright Red Coupe Deville. I must admit I felt a bit of pride as I tossed...

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Categories: blessing, chicago, cool, crazy, drink,
Form: Dramatic monologue



Premium Member Invisible Prison
Invisible Prison

I look at the wall
	I look at the floor
I look out the window
	I look at the door
No clock on the wall
	No light in the...

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Categories: chicago, death, depression, psychological,
Form: Free verse
Summers Everlasting
Sand in sheets
scuffing skin and reminding 
last nights attire reaks like bonfire
 a hundred days like this 
   a sea of endless laughs...

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Categories: chicago, nostalgia
Form: Free verse
Borrow My Sorrow
How magical it is to feel such a sad emotion
I need ingredients to concoct a happiness potion
Yesterday was not promised
So today I refuse to think...

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Categories: chicago, lifewords, lost, people, lost, people, today,
Form: Rhyme
The Redline
My room at the Hyatt 
Smelled like my ex-wife
She didn't have oodles of class
Or wasn't overly fancy
So, it must be that aroma of 
Almost masking...

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Categories: baseball, chicago, humorous, sports,
Form: Free verse
America Wasn't So Bad Back Then
We have something in common, a fellow I talk to now and then. We’re about the same age and perhaps the only ones in the...

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Categories: chicago, america,
Form: Prose
My Orion
Last night I awoke to the sign of Orion, and the big dipper pouring beauty into her
countenance.

Though the stars say she is a Capricorn, a...

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Categories: chicago, loveme, time, me, time,
Form: Blank verse
Premium Member THE PROFESSIONAL FARTER - LE PETOMANE
Ted was a professional farter
and at his windy recitals he’d boast
that could even toot Moonlight Sonata
If his wife fed him baked beans on toast!

There was...

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Categories: chicago, body, humorous, jobs, wind,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member American Justice
A time for golfing after the crime
Crime committed but do no time

American justice is that what you call it
When guilt is determined by the size...

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Categories: chicago, political, social,
Form: Couplet
Premium Member My Salvation Day Memory
I watched in wonder as people all around me sang with gusto, prayed out loud and lifted their hands in the air as they worshipped...

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Categories: chicago, baptism, bible, god, jesus, meaningful, memory,
Form: Haibun
The 44th President
The 44th President “one who is blessed” in Swahili,
Happens to love his wife’s Shrimp Linguini.
His desk, in the senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy!
Renegade...

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Categories: chicago, black-african amer
Form: Rhyme
While we stay silent
While we stay silent
The fight is going on
In Chicago, Los Angeles, New York
The West Indies
And the Lebanon
All over the world
There is a tale to tell
Of...

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Categories: chicago, allusion, black african american, conflict, culture,
Form: Free verse
Van Buren Station
On high-back benches
weary shoppers clutch their parcels
and slump.
Wrapped in a yellow green haze
Van Buren station sleeps
beneath Chicago's vibrant streets.

Outside, on wood-plank platform
we drink-in the coffee...

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Categories: chicago, life, urbanautumn,
Form: Free verse
Friedmaniacs
I now declare war on your regime
Round up your Chicago schoolboys
Who believed in free markets
At the hand of the gun
I'll bring billions
Of people whose
Values died
For...

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Categories: chicago, angst
Form: Nonet
the muse
The Muse 
I remember it well when in the summer evenings
I went to see her we drank wine and made love
Embraced we slept to morning...

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Categories: celebrity, chicago, chocolate, city,
Form: Blank verse
LET THE MERCY BEGIN*
There is pain in the city today Lord
tears came with the morning wind 
I’m down on my knees
searching for my brothers and my sisters ...

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Categories: chicago, dedicationlost, city, lost,
Form: Free verse
Caseworker Determining Eligibility
Caseworker Determining Eligibility 

		Cabrini-Green Projects
		Chicago

The child, age two, hammocked in the half
moon of his mother’s arms, is locked
in palsy, yet moves an eyelid as I...

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Categories: chicago, socialmother,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member A ROLE MODEL FOR THE AGES
Hillary, dear Hillary—where do we begin?
In your tale of deceit and corrupt political spin.
First lady, poor victim—
‘Vast Right Wing’ to blame,
A Chicago born, carpet bagging,...

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Categories: chicago, america, anger, corruption, farewell, political, power,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Recipe for winter happiness
       Think Spring!
      Smile! Say Hi!
    Keep fit/Stay spry
  ...

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Categories: chicago, baseball, hello, spring,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Kotex in a Polar Vortex
The windchill is 45 below sanity
a snow man has frozen snot
dripping from his 1 carrot nose
but the cold doesn't stop the gun toll
in my sweet...

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Categories: chicago, confusion, heartbreak, humor,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member AS I RECALL
AS I RECALL IT WAS DECEMBER
WHEN A BLIZZARD CLOSED DOWN OHARE
I WAS SICK OF NORTHERN WINTERS
WHILE THE SUN WAS SHINING SOUTH SOMEWHERE
I REMEMBERED IN A...

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Categories: beach, change, chicago, paradise, romance, travel,
Form: Rhyme