I sit on the wall of my terrace.
Below me is a park full of flowers and bushy trees.
On each corner of the fenced central garden are octagonal fountains..
In the middle is a round performance pavilion made in 88. (18)
Children ride their tricycles around the broad stone perimeter.
Old men sweep the dust and the junk food wrappers each morning.
I see a young child, perhaps three years old walk alone.
Where I come from, that child would be lost.
But, she is most definitely not lost.
The giant evergreen tree in the corner of the park
Is 70 maybe 80 feet tall.
The next tallest thing in town is the great white dome
Of the church of Our Lady of the Clean Conception.
Slightly taller than that is the bell tower that rises next to it.
Slightly rare in these parts, is the four sided clock above the bells.
That makes Our Lady part church, part municipal building.
Well above the clock, with its non verbal veneration of time itself,
A cross stands triumphant on the top of the shiny zebra tiled cupola.
Until the last 100 years, most towns, villages, and even cities
had this same scale of people and parks and structure,
With domes and steeples and belltowers pointing to the sky.
The merchants and the money lenders were in the markets
on the street.
Today, the merchants and the money lenders tower over our cities.
We pride ourselves on these skylines that display our wealth and power.
A space visitor could look down from space and understand immediately
What is important to this culture of overgrown market structures.
Their skyscrapers, as they would be called, do in fact scrape the sky.
When I sit on the ledge of my terrace, some 20 feet above the park,
I feel the earth and I see the people and I hear the birds.
The sky is touched by the great round mountains and the clouds float
And I feel connected.
Good Architecture, sensible human settlement, graceful structure,
Pedestrian streets, and appropriate scale give us a sense of place.
And they connect us,
to ourselves, each other, our community, the sky, and our home,
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