The Empty City


As you wander

through an ocean of lights,

the motorcycles sing in the neon silence.

They say they do it with mirrors.

Nothing but a haze in a purple desert.

Nothing but feathers falling from crystals

to be ground under foot as you march to the tune

of money and minutes,

an hour in a second,

a lifetime lived in a day,

any day,

every day.

Where reality is a shimmering memory,

where towers are built on lies and loopholes –

this is the place

where all the things

you think you ever wanted

live then die,

die then live –

then fade,

almost as if

they were never there at all.

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