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Urban Lights

Let us gaze for a
at the gaudy urban lights 
This is what we have come to 
    in our civilization 
The masses move along 
    in subway cars 
While limousines containing the 
  more fortunate
glide by on city streets 
   How many sunrises will the 
metropolis see before it is turned 
     to ash or a pillar of salt?
    The "atom - powered juggernaut"
is still operating 
   despite the end of the "Cold War"
Terrorists threaten our very 
  When they strike 
            they burst open
the veneer of safety which with 
     live with 
   Our darkest fears 
Are now the stuff of daily life!
    Urban lights 
Let us hope and pray 
   they keep shining

Copyright © Matthew Anish


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  1. Date: 11/24/2015 10:45:00 AM

    yes, we need all to hope and pray. doesn't seem there is much else we can do but rely on our leaders. well, I'm off very soon for my short holiday in case you don't see me around in the next few days. happy Thanksgiving, my friend.
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 7:58:00 AM

    you took a contemporary approach to modern terror using the seemingly bright city light as your handle... well done, matthew.. huggs
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 7:24:00 AM

    Very reflective Matthew and using the urban lights js very symbolic.. :) good flow and thought provoking message!~Olive Eloisa
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 5:36:00 AM

    Enjoyed reading your down to earth and honest lines..Can we ever stamp out the evil that exist? Man using mankind can not. We can only put a damper on it. Someday though the lion will lie down with the lamb..I am glad that I chose this one to read today..Thanks for the very kind review of my work..Sara
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 4:59:00 AM

    Well written poem, Matthew. Its up to us to keep the lights shining. T.J
  1. Date: 11/23/2015 10:40:00 PM

    Hope they keep shining for a long time to come Matthew.