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Urban Nightscapes

After dark, the prosaic comes alive
morphed by a klieg lit stage—
at once, both peaceful and kinetic.

A neon world of predator and prey,
through my viewfinder
garish greens and vivid reds
play with the afterglow of twilight sky.

I try to capture saccharin sweetness
and the promise of forbidden fruit.
I thrill when a percussive din
shatters the vesper stillness.

I’ve learned this murky realm
of mixed lighting and chiaroscuro charm
is best rendered without filters
and the patience of a saint.

For twenty years I’ve meandered through great cities
camera in tow, prowling the grittiest parts of town.
Working quickly to record a vanishing scene
and to keep out of harm’s way,
after dark, it’s scary and electric.

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  1. Date: 6/27/2011 7:17:00 AM
    Hey, how did I miss reading you? This is REALLY good! James, I'll be scoping the postings for your next creation. This piece just paints, paints, paints... I, too, dislike filters applied--And I ain't talking about the kind on a camera. :-) Good stuff. More please! Cyndi

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 8:56:00 AM
    excellent vocab Jim and a true picture in words of the cty at night.. living outside of NYC .. can relate so well luv.. an electrifying write luv..