The orient and occident contrasting in their medium
As light becomes luculent in a blitz of neon,
Emblazoned with an inert iridescence,
With signs buzzing missing let ers,
Making silhouettes appear elongated along the pavement.
Windows seethe with scenes of inhibition,
In sensuous solitude of Hopper’s desolation
Reflected in all the drifters loitering in cafeterias;
Their brown interiors all lined up for nighthawks
On the prowl for something to satisfy their ravenous desires.
The counters peppered with salt cellars and ketchup bottles
In preparation for the ringing of singing tills to tally the rally of all-nighters
Searching for poetry in the glazed drips of sauce on the sides of bottle necks.
The steam from their second coffee racing with the smoke of their cigarettes;
From butane to flame to earning their fame,
The celluloid cool of smoking that cigarette
As if kindling regret in regard to those transistor radio moments of self-captivation.
Embracing their most hellish heavens
As they look out into the world dancing with neon radiance.
While the yellow mellow taxis swarm,
And they sit alone within the diner,
Fuming with people trying to master their days,
The streets crawling with ecdysiasts clubbing within a coterie,
Where all the beautiful daughters hang out in décolleté dress,
Wearing many guises.
Angels between whores,
Controlled by pimps,
The nightlife swimming to keep afloat from drowning in their own spectacle,
With streets baulking with blasphemy
Deprived of self-consciousness under acuteness of anxiety,
Where depression is essential
Within the entrails of boredom from long lost lonely hours.
Drowning with compliments of insincerity,
An ingrained feeling of normality in a state of indifference,
Charged in a phase of manner without morals or anatomy.
Residents of civilian analgesia bearing ammunition for the repertoire
In a bravado of mortality in pedestrian providence,
As if all creeping through the cracks of sanity from the core of madness,
The derealisation of desire in a depersonalised quagmire,
Elbows resting upon the table
As the jukebox selects a record at random.