After The Rain Downtown

Poem By Kristina Louisa Carr

Moist compassionate encounters grant forgiveness
For the omitted memories of long forgotten sins
Soft ringlets in the puddles on the sidewalk
Like momentary illusions of smiles from strangers
That will shortly disappear with the emerging sun
Fighting its way through the grey sky of the city

Streams splash playfully through concrete gutters
Searching for the glistening striped metal jewels
The gatekeepers of the cryptic tunnels below
Cleaning the asphalt of the streets now carpeted
With sparkling tiny diamonds dancing in the light
Until evaporated into clouds of steam and vapor

Windows layered with translucent white pearls
Like living little precious stones on mirrored glass
Embossing shiny snail trails on the steep facades
Then a soft wind akin to the fluttering wings of doves
Dispatches raindrops cascading as snowflakes in a storm
Amiable gentle showers leaving traces just for a second

Idle vague humid scents remind of a distant nature
Before diffusing into the buzz of the busy city
The rain only an intangible interruption of a matrix
Serenity in the land of rot and delusion is only a dream
While the diminishing oasis offers an ambiguous retreat
Before drowning in future promises not yet broken

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