A CITY PSALM
- The city teems with life, it’s cool in there:
everything I ever wanted, here for trying.
- But knives and shouts and blood on Friday night:
conflict can also be terrifying - drugs or drink?
- In the pedestrian precinct, contrasting buildings:
the glories of different centuries, side by side,
- wonderful palaces of stone housing workers:
civic grandeur on show, a sight to behold.
- Even inside the ugliness people are watching:
the swarming crowds are rushing, ignoring the grime,
- making for pleasant suburbs, going home:
eager to shut the door, relax at last.
- The varied pictures draw us to the centre of life:
the crown of all creation, aim for hope.
- There are so many here in need, I want to help:
how may I work with people, offering care?
- Jesus was also a pilgrim, Jerusalem bound:
you loved Zion too, making the journey.
- Show us the marks of your presence, obvious and deadly:
so we may continue in faithfulness here in the city.