Photograph of crowded street in Washington D.C.
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Watch, Watch 
The sated faces,  
the pretty faces,  
weary from long walks through my city’s splendor.  
They came in couples, 
In rowdy packs, 
They hold babies by small chubby hands.  
Somewhere, a righteous woman shouts through a bullhorn; 
Her protest is muffled 
By the stillness 
Of the day.  
They come 
In hordes,  
In herds, 
Eager, curious, cranky and fractious.  
It is only noon; 
A thousand 
Brittle little dramas are yet to be staged.  
They come as an invasion, much too far 
From the nearest Starbucks.