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Neon Night: Urban Sonnet

Above, the shrill of neon lights portend
a promise of new love in garish hues,
but for a broken life yet on the mend
the darkness of the scape brings only views
of solitude when memory accrues
as strangers unimpassioned eyes peruse.

The music wafts from grottoes down below,
blue jazz and candles in a shadowed room,
while up here floodlights cast necrotic glow
as wind gusts and the drops of rain resume.
Cold luminance is all that they exhume
just as my mind expects a rose to bloom.

Your recent death keeps looping in my mind,
no passing faces in the crowd are yours.
I walk the night, imagine you in kind
emerging through the uninviting doors
like Cathy to go dancing on the moors.
I rush beneath an eave as now it pours,

your white reflection standing in the rain,
come back to haunt the neon night again.

1/23/18

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 3/24/2018 5:54:00 AM
Just this morn found this exceptional sonnet. I sweated to write my urban sonnet but you made it look easy to write a brilliant one my friend. A fav...
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 3/24/2018 8:16:00 AM
Thanks so much, Robert.
Date: 2/21/2018 9:39:00 AM
great rhythm and rhyme and imagery, loved your poem thank you and congrats :)-luloo
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Date: 2/20/2018 9:40:00 AM
Wow, what an awesome read. The imagery is haunting. Congrats on your most deserving win, Dale.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 2/20/2018 10:07:00 AM
Thanks so much, Line.
Date: 1/25/2018 12:24:00 AM
wow, this is gorgeous writing. Such eloquence, Dale. I love how you took the title of the contest, and made it URBAN and yet so classy , making me think again of Heathcliff and that haunting romance!!
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 1/25/2018 8:32:00 AM
Thanks, Andrea! I'm really glad you like it.
Date: 1/24/2018 11:45:00 PM
You are brilliant with providing imagery that captures attention and your line about Cathy gives this poem that haunted feeling that causes chills. Just beautiful Dale! : )
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 1/25/2018 8:30:00 AM
Thanks you so very much, Connie!
Date: 1/24/2018 10:08:00 AM
Magnificent job with this "new" form and some brilliant images and mellow metaphor.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 1/24/2018 10:24:00 AM
Thanks so much, John!
Date: 1/23/2018 5:27:00 PM
awesome imagery Dale and if you ever get across the pond go to Yorkshire and the Bronte museum you will LOVE it:-) I've been twice it gives me a chill when i walk through the door:-) hugs jan xx
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 1/23/2018 5:35:00 PM
Thanks, Jan!!
Date: 1/23/2018 1:37:00 PM
i read.I can almost feel the slow jazz wail as I read. Enjoyed.
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 1/23/2018 2:13:00 PM
Thanks, Patricia! Nice to hear from you!
Date: 1/23/2018 12:27:00 PM
This is quite beautiful! Love the reference to Wuthering Heights!
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Dale Gregory Cozart
Date: 1/23/2018 12:29:00 PM
Thanks so much, Kim!