Under The City Lights | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 13, 2018

Under The City Lights

Under the neon city lights I stand,

Among the mass of people who never notice me.

Over the bleak cold asphalt I stand fragile,

As my malachite eyes search for somebody.


Voices, laughter, blaring car horns around me,

But where is my long-lost secret melody?

Floodlights only dim my sense of perception,

As I try to forget that feeling of alienation.


My trainers have smudged my supple footsteps,

Worn-out jeans bequeath no scars;

Every day is like a fallen, withered leaf,

And my facade a blind person's fantasy.


But once I was lost in this city's dream-like quality,

The concrete streets have concealed my infelicity,

The heavy air silently sings of my every grudge,

And the lamp-posts have now crafted my shadow into a blue mirage.


Under the breath-taking city lights do we live,

As daydreamers breathing in the smoky night.

Under the city lights have I hidden my dream,

As my eyes search for the old me who has its key.


Maisha Nazifa Kamal is a meme-loving witch who is on an alpha-mission to defeat all Muggles in procrastination. Join forces with her at 01shreshtha7@gmail.com

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