Urban Nights

There is nothing lonelier than the streets of a city at night.

After all the stores close … after the theaters let out …

The people start to drift away and disappear

And even though you know you are surrounded by thousands of other people hidden away in their little spaces, you sense a lonely desperation …

The elevator music plays softly …. you sit sipping the last bacardi of the evening …

You look out the windows of the piano lounge…

The streets become more deserted by the minute …

You feel tireder now … imagining the soft bed in the air conditioning at the hotel …

A fire truck rushes by the window, siren blasting, lights flashing …

You take another sip of the drink …

Your friend across the table suggests that we go …

Out into the artificial lights of the street lamps …

A cloud of steam erupts from a manhole cover….

The stench of what lies beneath the streets reaches your nostrils …

You climb into the comfort … the cocoon of your automobile…

You sense the bodily warmth of your companion ….

You motion to the driver to proceed …

The low hum of the automobile engine lulls you …

The passing streaks of light from the street lamps and store windows hypnotize you …

From the balcony outside your hotel room you look down on the city …

A few cars now, threading their way … you wonder where they are going …

No pedestrians in view …

The city sleeps …

And very soon …. so do you.

In Search Of Beauty

One cannot define beauty because “Beauty” means something different to every one who seeks it. Beauty is more likely the fight to achieve a dream than it is in the realization of any “Thing.

Tree, Lake, Stars, Reflection, Water, Calm, Tranquil

We know that beauty has power because it can change things .. it can change us! We know there is truth in it but in its often deceptive elusiveness, it might be a truth in and of itself

Beauty, in all reality, is actually a construct of our own experiences and perceptions and it is never the same for everyone.

Beauty truly exists only in the mind that contemplates it, comprehends it.