Joe Albanese: “City Lights”

City Lights

Mind the wall not coming down
But something wrong
A gentle breeze
_____Found all my seams
Climb; I climb beyond a crowd
To gain ground—the day’s already over
I see city lights
_____They don’t betray me

Home, it’s not far gone
Left and cold, a radio believes
The hunger belongs
_____It all can’t be a dream
Yesterday’s rain still fogs the scene
An edifice an empty song relays
Those scattered city lights
_____They don’t betray me

A sun doesn’t come this way
Can I love me not fall apart?
I can’t be bereaved
_____Unmanned belfry doesn’t scream
Behind the toppled mountain I draw
Hear not a single call
But those city lights
_____They don’t betray me


Joe Albanese is a writer from South Jersey. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in 12 countries. Joe is the author of Benevolent KingCainaCandy Apple RedFor the Blood is the LifeSmash and Grab, and a poetry collection, Cocktails with a Dead Man.

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