At night the streets are peaceful.
Sodium streetlights bathe the world in orange,
And sidewalks forget the footsteps of the day.
No, you won’t see any stars.
Our cold, cold lights became too jealous
And banished them from the skies.
But you can jump into the lanes with impunity.
Just be alert for youthful revelers
Screeching heedlessly by at double the speed limit.
Apart from that, the night is safe.
The curb dozes tranquilly,
Breezes rinse away the asphalt’s stress,
And ponderous apartments hide slumbering 9-to-5ers
Behind windows that gape
Like emaciated mouths.
Heat seeps from weary tires, weary engines.
Seeps into the air and seeps into the hearts
Of lonely stragglers trudging their way home.