On Love And Gentrification
The Chicago river isn't beautiful but outdoor balconies are. People will give everything for river views.
Real estate investors call this "potential", a euphemism for making money; Green like nature.
"Potential" where others see industrial waste; Much like finding a spouse.
I could call you beautiful for wrong reasons
as in calling an outdoor balcony beautiful,
but the stench would still linger
and you'd hear it all the time.
There are only so many ways I can express it
before it becomes used up,
there are only so many ways you can hear it
before it becomes expected
like "cute" or "nice".