romantic impulses if films teach us anything
rarely go unpunished and so you are amazed
after stealing yourselves into the law building
and daring to push the button for the top floor

to be rewarded with an entire city
and the full clean panoramic of a september morning
its clarity waking you up like a coastline
like salt water in the air on your skin

and you both pick out a portion of belfast
according to greenery architecture mere whim
and like emperors in careless negotiation

swap church spires and bridges back and forth
exchange on credit vast chunks of landscape
wide segments of the bright prodigal river