gratuitous lighting
middle of the night,
all the lights are still on
all over the city, but
you know you can't
call anyone or do anything.
can't catch a bus or even
buy the shit that gets sold
all day out there.
why the hell are those
damn lights on anyway? who for?
this one is not new york;
this one is in europe
and I'm sure I couldn't find
a single person underneath
any of those bright, violent
neon lamps, but I can see them
each from across town.
god it makes me wish
that just once,
it would all go dark.

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