Muni Poetry - California Cable Car

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This article is part of a poetry series dedicated to every Muni route in San Francisco. You can find the poet, Mc "Mack" Allen, on twitter at @that_mc.

California Cable Car

A slot in the street conceals
a swift, hidden current, the steel wire
which draws the car eastward;
though it does not change compass bearing
the car turns a corner as it passes
the spires of Grace Cathedral.

A bell rings twice
and then the street drops away
into the thicket of skyscrapers
that shoulder each other apart

Glass and steel and stone that
frame a silver-iron lattice;
towering pylon
suspending cables
above San Francisco Bay.


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