Construction crane of a blue sky
Alexandru Panoiu/ Flickr

Over the heads of sleeping Georgetown 
Hangs the rusting crane of Damocles 
When will the engine start again? 
A question pondered by many women and men. 
This pendulum of doom 
Shadows our rooms 
Much as the huge elephant in the parlor 
Dressed in ill-fitting suit 
with such ghastly 
Pallor! 

A crane has loomed over Georgetown’s low skyline since construction stopped where the Marbury Hotel and Citronelle used to be, near 30th and M Streets NW.