Bookstore Poem #314. I live in Seattle

Still trying to get just the right title, but what I have will do for now.

1
It was dark
when I woke up

It was raining
when I left the house

It took an hour and a half
to get downtown

I saw tents
scattered beneath the freeway

2
There’s a saying:

‘If you can’t see the mountain, it’s raining
If you can see the mountain, it’s about to rain’

3
The train stations
were built for buses

There is a different stadium
for each sport

The best sections of town
are the worst

They are also disappearing

4
All store names are possessive
no matter what’s on the sign

5
We used to hate Paul Allen
now we hate Jeff Bezos

Everybody hates Amazon
but we still shop there

Everybody hates Comcast
but we have no other choice

6
There’s another saying
which we use to remember
the order of streets downtown:

‘Jesus Christ made Seattle under protest’

7
The only people who use umbrellas
are the ones who didn’t grow up here

We say ‘thank you’ to the driver
when exiting the bus

Nobody at a four-way stop
knows who is supposed to go first

8
Only in Seattle
would football fans give themselves a nickname
that would result in a penalty
if it were interpreted literally

9
It’s cheaper to live in Oregon
and commute

10
It was dark
when I got home

(9 July 2018)