Silhouette On Easy Street

Streetlights pierce the mottled darkness

Curbs aglow with tinted sodium

While shadows cast look much the same

Nighttime air, still thick with energy

Even as the footfalls lose their volume

Whispering silence saunters in

Echoes of the singers song

But her audience now long since gone

Alone I walk the concrete stage

Shuttered doors and tightened shades

Seeking refuge, but not for shelter

There’s a truth I’m always looking for

A midnight sight, surely heavens light

Her image in the window frame

That silhouette, her glorious shadow

Reflecting all that I desire

Each night I stare and pledge my love

Unbeknownst to the girl above



Easy Street, a forgotten place

Where nothing comes easy, not even once

Passers pass by without a second glance

Daylight reminds of long since revelry

Passing cars, open bars, corner people loitering

Focused eyes that move and keep moving

The concrete stage finds new auditions

While heavens light takes a furlough

And alone I keep on wondering

Uncertain, yet the drawing grows

Some suspect she has to know

Our circles cross, the words are small

Social clinks with endless drinks

And how I find her in my sphere

Laughter round, my eyes do shine

Our brushing skin, her all, divine

Courage comes, with verse and wine

Beyond the crowd, her lips find mine



The silhouette no longer singular

Nor waiting near the glowing pane

Instead, two bodies intertwined

Twisted sheets in hapless tumbles

Her body now enjoined with mine

Pulsing heat in the late-night hours

Her eyes speak of a thousand lifetimes

Such infamy, lost in translation

While hoarse whispers focus on the now

Clutching with reckless abandon

Surrendering, and yet commanding

Shadows soft, giving way to fingertips

Sweetness flowing from her lips

Down below on Easy Street

No watchers look, and no waiters wait

Her silhouette was just for me

A masterpiece upon the stage

For then I watched, but now I see


Additional Reading

R.J. Schwartz is an American Poet and Author.

His complete works on The Creative Exiles Website can be found here

The Gypsy Thread is a huge collection of his original work

Ralph also writes on HubPages

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

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