A City at Night
By M.M.Mann

The pavements are a concrete river of mouldy grey from last nights rain.

Squish,splash,splosh my footsteps echo and reverberate away.

Walking in the dead of night guided by the neon lights,
Thier spasaming colour changes against the starlorn night's.

Distant voices of late night revelers yelling drunkern confessions and silly declorations, 
only to be recalled by morning investigations.

The sound of the late night bus, Hiss, rumble and growl as it lumbers along its tarmac to prowel.

This city is breathing. Its heaving. Your breath its stealing.

It's many voices and characters just a plot to unravel, under the cathedral which towers above like ancient babel.

The nights smell a cauldron of vomit, perfume and taxi exhaust fumes
while the bars pump out the tunes.

But this is my city. My home. In the lateness of the hour its nice to know im not alone.

Submitted: January 03, 2023

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En Raiter

This poem is incredible. Feels like I'm in a Tim Burton movie or a fever dream, maybe Tim Burton if he had a fever. Haha nice poem.

Sun, January 15th, 2023 6:50pm


Again thank you for your comments and giving this a read! Ill be completely honest the whole Tim Burton vibe wasn't quite my intention I must confess, but as a big fan of his work ill certainly take it! haha. Just goes to show how people interpret things differently.

Again Many Thanks

Sun, January 15th, 2023 11:09am


Great poem, it gives me the sense of someone that is at odds with their life in the city but also finds it comforting. I really enjoyed the way you described it, I felt like I could hear the place more than anything. There's definitely a set of sounds that are clear and distinctive to a city late at night, and you captured those perfectly.

Tue, January 17th, 2023 9:14pm


Hiya Archia,
Just a quick thank you for the kind words and for taking the time out to give this a read. As it happens what you said was pretty much what I was going for haha, so thank you again.


Tue, January 17th, 2023 1:28pm

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