Friday, July 11, 2014

Doldrums

July rains
baptize garbage piles
on 26th street
then evaporate
to twilight steam.

September’s still
beyond the horizon,
the soft shores of Spring
a distant dream
in my wake.

The Doldrums
of Gotham Summer
have becalmed my ship
and I am adrift
on this graffiti sea.

Adorned in albatross,
I will navigate
august Manhattan’s
burning quiescence
and trade for Fall.

(Excerpt from "Another Hotel Room")

17 comments:

Brian Miller said...

some great imagery...the garbage pile & graffiti sea...i can see your gotham summer...and i hope for fall with this heat wave...ack.

TALON said...

Oh, I long for some of that July rain. The heatwave is wearing heavy now. "baptize garbage piles" - that's just a great line!

The third stanza - is really good. "...on this graffiti sea." That's just an apt description of a city.

Really enjoyed this poem, Steven.

lesinfin said...

Beautiful!

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Marinela said...

Beautiful write!
Truly enjoyed it :)


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Claudia said...

i much like the garbage baptizing, graffiti and albatross...do you miss new york steven?

Brian Miller said...

hey look at the cool guy in the first comment...hehe...i remember this one...lots of great textures in this one...could use some of that rain right now...

Hope said...

oh, this is wonderful! great imagery and I love the photo!

Old Ollie said...

beyond good - too few people are writing gritty modern pieces...like this

Kerry O'Connor said...

Excellent piece. I love the allusion to Coleridge's Ancient Mariner, and found the third stanza to be especially powerful.

Laurie Kolp said...

Love this... especially the 3rd stanza!

kez said...

the garbage pile & graffiti sea.love it thanks for sharing

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

Yep, that's Manhattan alright! Nicely done!

Victoria said...

You took me right into the heart of the city with this one. Very nicely done with rich details.

Darren Heath said...

Love this! love the lines: 'a distant dream in my wake' and 'I will navigate august Manhattan's burning quiescence and trade for Fall.' Ta!

Henry Clemmons said...

This is top notch. Very descriptive and alive. Graffiti to the change of seasons, the dread of heat and its different phases. Excellent!

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

soft shore of spring #i that alot. this was great.