Wednesday, January 12, 2011

as the wind beats

Tonight the wind beats relentlessly against the roofs
and on the streets plastic bottles and paper fly aimlessly
as some insomniacs make their way to a bar,
trying in vain to light a cigarette in such wind.
There is no promise or fruit in such pursuit
and the night will turn out to be bare and lonely,
but can it stop those who dislike the loneliness of the midnight hour?
Some of them will want to listen to duets in incomprehensible tongues,
while others will only want to drum their fingers on the bar tables
dispersing in vain the melancholy in their fingers
and some will test the water of promises made.
Altogether it is a bloody business
and bloodier than murder.
The night is silent other than the wind
and winds are seldom silent.
Some walk slowly shielding their cigarettes in their palms
as their shadows flee like frightened ghosts
on the pavements lit by the odd street lamp.
Later, one of them will finally sit at the bar
but still look expectantly at the door,
though convinced that the person with long brown hair will not come.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

jenab mazi aaw ni

Roxana said...

strange, i read your poem and then stumbled upon this other one, somehow so similar in setting and mood:

http://theswisslounge.blogspot.com/2011/01/kamau-braithwaite.html

these lines:
Altogether it is a bloody business
and bloodier than murder.
The night is silent other than the wind
and winds are seldom silent.


i liked most, but the entire ending is gorgeous.

Kubla Khan said...

Hi Roxana,

I read the poem at Swiss'.....that is a great poem. the ending of that poem is explosive indeed. I am glad you liked mine too.....

decayetude said...

Lovely evocative poem, as usual, kubla. Steve