A POETIC VIEW OF NEW YORK CITY…….
The first glimpse is a surreal treat for the eyes
of this city where lights are never dimmed,
as if it is the gateway to a totally different world
which at the same time both intoxicates and intimidates,
where man’s skill and flawless craftsmanship reach
the closest of being hailed as divine.
Towering buildings jovially shoulder each other
creating the scintillating skyline,
each bearing its architect’s unique signature
and irrefutable proof of expertise,
standing tall as if carrying the tale of his triumphs
from the dust on this earth to heaven’s crest.
People of different origins and destinations
diversify the crowded sidewalks,
each engaged in pursuing one of the many paths
to find their own slice of happiness,
as a stream of never ending traffic suffocate the roads
with perpetual honks that dissolve in the din.
The thundering noise of speedy subway trains
erupts from below at regular intervals,
and the appetizing aroma of a variety of street foods
tingles the surrounding air,
while rows of elite stores beckon from both sides
with price tags true to their heritage.
Through the lenses of scrutiny, it can be seen
that this too is a land of extremes,
there are many here who live in luxurious mansions
and there are homeless begging on the streets,
there are many who trade in billions each moment
and those who struggle to make ends meet.
It seems as if every nook and corner
is wearing multicolored layers of festivity,
the fragments of sky not eclipsed by the buildings
are as rare as vacant patches in this city,
as some dreams get woven and some are buried
within these skyscrapers stretching endlessly.
© Anjana Vipin E