Thursday, October 29, 2009


Moonlight bathes these worn tenements
Gray clouds receeded, marking rainstorm’s pass.
And I in torn faded jeans,
Weathered guitar resting in lap,
Keep vigil upon this towering web of stairs.
Your fire escape Romeo,
Futilely awaiting your return.

Was a time we'd have torn the roof off this place to get to each other,
Evading your father’s watchful eye
Mother’s vehement stare.
Chasing dreams like yellow cabs
We lived to make every corner a memory,
Stealing kisses and so much more
Down every backstreet we ran.

But those days have faded
Like neon signs in familiar places,
Having long since closed their eyes.
Where did we go?
Fell in love with a picture we painted
Of our lives together
Like watercolours on the sidewalk
Washed away
When the storms grew too strong for us to repress.

Light fog now rolls down this alley,
Ghostly shadows playing through billowing sidewalk steam.
And here, bathed in dim streetlights’ glow,
Awash in mist and memories,
I’ll sit and wait for you forever
In Brooklyn.


  1. Amazing. "Chasing dreams like yellow cabs." Loved that line. You make poetry seem so easy, Barry. I don't know why it is so difficult for me! But then I read something wonderful like this and think it can't be so :)

    Oh, and of course you have my permission to use the photos! :)

  2. Thanks all around Jen, you're the best.

    Your poetry is the honesty and vulnerability of your writing. Our thoughts are often quite similar, we just present them differently that's all.

    There is much eloquence in a life lived in kindness towards others, so don't sell yourself short. :)