City of Colors

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~City  (posted by Sumana)
“In the eyes of a poet what would a busy city look like? A dream or a nightmare?”

A city stays in your heart,
grabs a seat in your brain,
rains romance and sorrow.
Wherever you grow up, all
faces look familiar, even
if they are strangers.

New York City is a kaleidoscope
of color, buildings, art. Illumined
in evening, city lures you in
like a side-show barker. See
my lights, feel my promise.
Are you game? Under daylight,
cement sidewalks glitter
as gems. Window displays
are arranged for browsing. Your
pulse quickens, electricity charges
the air. Scents from coffee
houses, bakeries, and restaurants
fill your nostrils, grumble your

In all the times I have been away
from my city, there was never
a time I didn’t feel its pulse

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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21 Responses to City of Colors

  1. Therisa says:

    Sara, love your description of New York city, even though I have never been there. And no, Buffalo, New York doesn’t count. Drive-by on a school trip, several decades ago.


  2. oldegg says:

    Most cities beguile us this way, and we succumb as each one enchants with her charms wooing us like foolish lovers.


  3. I love the idea that you can feel the pulse of the city. Lovely ode to the city Sara!


  4. susan chast says:

    “A city stays in your heart,
    grabs a seat in your brain,
    rains romance and sorrow.”
    MArvelous! From hear right through to feeling the city pulse Also, how true that “all faces look familiar.”


  5. Sherry says:

    And now you are home and rediscovering its joys once again.


  6. Sumana Roy says:

    Aha…this is how the throbbing city pulls! A wonderful sketch.


  7. thotpurge says:

    i hear the pulse of a big city… and yes it follows you everywhere!!! Wonderfully put!


  8. hypercryptical says:

    I love your close Sara, it is perfect.
    How our home pulses within us…
    Anna :o]


  9. Beverly Crawford says:

    Your love for the city springs from every line. Beautifully written.


  10. MYRNA ZACH says:

    Welcome back



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