You caught me by surprise, you did.
I thought you were just a city.
The truth is, though, you’re so much more
than only simply “pretty.”
You’re the sky on fire, bubbles mid-air
you’re towers and spires and beer.
You’ve gifted me perspective and
I’m lucky to have been here.
Look up, reach up, lift up too
for the earth cannot contain
how magical your light beams are
how honest your refrain.
Your cobblestones led me straight towards
A whole new, different me.
I leave behind my heart, my fear
(and also 23).
I ask that you hold me in your heart
As I will hold you in mine.
And though for now we’ll be apart
I remain, dutifully, thine.