for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

a city asleep (for One Shoot Sunday)

Fifth Avenue
tonight breathes
on its own–
dreaming of tin stars
pulsing on its breast

the drummer boys
march to the silence
to a city veiled
in plumes of heaven–
not from gutters for once

the day’s cacophony
drowns in the quiet
steps both furred and steeled
jangles of gears and iron
grating in its belly

only the soughing song
of an empty shell
rises floats on invisible lights
those piercing slants
from tips that hold up the sky

in unison tin soldiers
rhyme the even sigh of sleep–
no siren screaming
screeches to halt the drumming
the shimmering of stars

Posted for One Shoot Sunday from a photo of Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue on Christmas by Adam Dustus. Join other poets at One Stop Poetry blog who write verses for love, read those of others, leave a word of encouragement and/or insight with the same love and respect. Post your piece on your blog and sign up in the Mr. Linky list.

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  1. Your poem is like reading a breath of fresh air among the palpable cacophony of sights and sounds occuring as the city “sleeps.” Great work with the prompt, Alegria

    Comment by dustus | December 26, 2010 | Reply

    • I should be the one to thank you for this prompt, your own photo! It brought me back to Manhattan I so miss. And I’ve been there for a few Christmases. Perhaps that’s why the images flowed. Thanks again.

      Comment by alee9 | December 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. Beautiful poem. I’ve been on Fifth Aveneu and at Rockefeller Center Center in December — and you describe the scene perfectly.

    Comment by Glynn | December 26, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks, Glynn!

      Comment by alee9 | December 28, 2010 | Reply

  3. Beautiful lines, Alegria. “ unison tin soldiers / rhyme the even sigh of sleep..” Masterly write, and lyrical evocation of a spellbound dreaming city.

    Comment by hedgewitch | December 26, 2010 | Reply

    • Again, I savor your kind and generouswords, Joy!

      Comment by alee9 | December 28, 2010 | Reply

  4. I love the entire thing, it’s very atmospheric. But the second and third stanzas are particularly pleasing. So well written.

    Comment by Fireblossom | December 26, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks so much!

      Comment by alee9 | December 28, 2010 | Reply

  5. gorgeous and intense. xxxxj

    Comment by jenneandrews | December 26, 2010 | Reply

  6. Well done, hosting the feel of the city as it slumbers.

    Comment by Reflections | December 27, 2010 | Reply

    • And thanks to you for liking my poem!

      Comment by alee9 | December 28, 2010 | Reply

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