We stood and watched the city lights
Diamond giants in a starless sky
Pulsing razor fluorescent streaks
Swirled the shadows at our feet
In the tingling, slipping rain
Hazy, we listened to the waterscape
And felt sweet sighs of phantom stars
Breathe a promise in the deep of our hearts
Should we board the evening ship and drift away
They would guide us to world’s end, where the crystal ocean sways
And when we awake, the planets will there remain
Singing a song, the celestial refrain
That had been flowing through the heavens all along
Even after the last listening ears were gone
I felt we lost ourselves that night
As we stood and watched the city lights
“What is a friend? Someone who for the first time makes you aware of your loneliness and his, and helps you to escape so you in turn can help him. Thanks to him you can hold your tongue without shame and talk freely without risk. That’s it.” – Elie Wiesel
More AA-BB rhyming!
Clumsy poetry aside, I kinda miss bright city streets and high rise buildings. Especially now that the sun sets at 4pm in London.
I often have images of the bright, busy, tree-lined and often rainy streets of Singapore. And I look back wistfully to the time before school started and the memories I collected, talking endlessly and walking aimlessly with friends and family along them.
It’s so silly really, how much of my mental life is lived in retrospect and anticipation. But it does make the times when I am actually able to return to the present moment so much more special.