City

 

That city has gobbled up

the geyser of fireflies that rose

from the heart of night,

dancing in tandem with them-

 

in each of its breath

come out a cremation ground

and a graveyard

dancing in tandem-

 

that city has a usual sunrise-

birds sing and take to their wings routinely-

children hopscotch on pavement before boarding the yellow bus-

life dances

 

As if there is nothing to fear…..

 

Posted for my prompt ~ City @ Poets United Midweek Motif

16 thoughts on “City

  1. Life can be incredibly resilient, as resilient as the children (and the young at heart)… who dare to play hopscotch on sidewalks with cracks big enough to suck a foot and twist an ankle.

  2. A poem of contrasts luv the geyser gobbling city which dances the feet of innocence in hopscotch
    AND
    Thanks for a very interesting prompt today Sumana

    MUCH LOVE…

  3. As if! When fireflies are replaced by crematorium ash fields and graveyards, we should have a reasonable fear and keep our eyes on the birds. So many of us lost childhood magic in city streets.

  4. The curse of adulthood, is to our innocence and optimism that the world will be better place, tomorrow. Replacing it, with fear and dread that it’ll get worse.

  5. I love the image of a ‘geyser of fireflies’ rising from the heart of night, Sumana, and the scene in the final lines is so vivid:.
    ‘that city has a usual sunrise-
    birds sing and take to their wings routinely-
    children hopscotch on pavement before boarding the yellow bus’.-

  6. Sometimes as humans we deny the circle of life, being unprepared for its ending or refusing to discuss it but it is a constant and follows us like a faithful dog.

  7. kaykuala

    that city has a usual sunrise-
    life dances
    As if there is nothing to fear

    One can easily disassociate oneself from all the humdrum and mind one’s own business!

    Hank

  8. Your words perfectly capture the mood of the quite troubling image, the dark night seeming ablaze.
    And then the beauty of daylight when life returns to itself, to the city and life dances indeed.
    Much enjoyed!
    Anna :o]

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