It was the charm that impressed the aliens.
A reminder of another distant lost epoch,
looking like an ancient long-lost art form,
replete with all the rust and splintered glass.
The local fauna, rats and drunks in doorways,
trickling the beginnings of rambling creeks,
down the faded, cracked and formerly bright tiles,
added to the atmosphere of delicate fugaciousness.
The arts legate from the Upshanan confederacy
waxed eloquent on the condition of this monumental find.
His party of tourists, art critics and students of the arts,
added points of expletives and emphasis to the lecture.
The multi-brained De Clar-ngtha, addressed them,
some of whom had horns like the goats and cattle,
saying, we will see what price the earthlings want
for this most manifold and sweeping piece of art.
The price for the beautiful piece of tapestrotic art,
which they called " Detroit " was surprisingly low,
in the opinion the Upshanans, considered experts
in negotiations with these fringe galactic cultures.
Surprisingly ancient technologies long out of use,
such as, non-locurian fusion and zero-point energy,
sweetened with some old life extension pharmas,
obtained the piece, plus many colorful local fauna.
The shifting tableau on the iceworld Theeca'ta'a two,
with drunks and whores and drive-by gangstas galore
was a prize supreme of the Upshananean confederacy.
Detroit with rust, glass, varnished and ancient and old.