Darkness never quite befalls this midnight-lighted, energy-ignited
New York night.
In bed, possessed by whispers sneaking through
my seventh-floor front door,
I rise to find the source of it all.
Bedroom lighting leaks from closed blinds,
this sacred New York privacy, which closes minds to neighbors, blind,
of others living near them.
Cracks on sidewalks, hosting thousands
Of New York soulful rubber soles; and
smacking cheap beats to pavement,
these hurried, all-business bodies all day long.
They seek purpose in time and place,
a place for time and purpose,
but never quite find the time for place and purpose to collide.
By day, chaos swallows these concrete streets,
This highlighted life with eternal exclamation points.
By night, it hangs just above the sky-scraped atmosphere, waiting with the wind
for the sun to seep between them.
By night, I stir, myself, an addict of light leaking through tiny cracks
In this foreign, midnight-lighted world.
I answer, down flights of winding staircases,
To echoes that hang in the lampposts like old black and white photos.
I answer, bursting through to the off-beat of the street,
to catch a glimpse before the rest join in.
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