If you mingle with the crowds in a city
there is no hint of criminality,
but honest faces set in conformity
to structures whose aspect is legality.
Street and buildings induce a sense
of order and propriety, entrances
to shops and cafes invite experience
decorous in features and nuances.
A certain grace one must assume
to be part of the ongoing process
of stop and go in traffic, to resume
at the green man’s stride of progress.
If churches stand, their ceremony
staged, so cities have religion;
the former to survive at all need money,
the latter a congregation.