Thoroughfares, city streets, horns, whistles, sirens,

Skyscrapers, Bodegas, concrete, glass, marble,

Architectural mix of contemporary and antiquity,

Pedestrians clambering for every inch of real estate,

Bumping and banging without so much as an apology,

Cabbies double parked, limousines glaring in the hazy sun,

Waiting to pick up self-important snobs dressed in Armani,

Street signs, no turn on red, traffic signals,

Amber– speed up, red– stop…maybe, watch the cross walk,

Smog, noise, yelling, hustle, bustle, pushing, shoving,

Litter, smells, sweeping, scrubbing, dirt that never leaves,

Obnoxious, angry, rude, arrogant, impulsive, disrespectful,

Hurried, oblivious, blind to the surroundings,

Clutching at purse, coveting wallet, pickpocket, snatcher,

Trees, bushes, fragrant flower boxes, out-of-place,

Warm, generous, loving, lost in the clutter,

The cityscape, not so unlike the cacophony of my mind,

Thrusting good and evil, to and fro,

A kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, smells, touches,

Molding who I am, what I think and who I will become.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

8 thoughts on “Mindscape

  1. a wonderful description of the big city. it is interesting that the adjectives “warm, generous and loving” do not show up till almost the end of the piece – and in a context that is not very pleasant or positive. Yes, this is the big city. I will drop a tad bit of optimism – love, warmth and generosity do exist, it’s just that one has to really take the time to look for it – amidst the hustle and bustle this can be a challenge – but it is there:)

    • Same here, I use to work a great deal in New York City, but lived in a small town 3 hours away. The city is a nice place to visit, but I certainly couldn’t live there. šŸ™‚

  2. Interesting comparison and so true, really.
    Gosh, I felt a bit anxious just reading the first part of your post. You paint such a vivid picture that I could feel myself being in the middle of all this chaos. Well written!

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