A Collection of Poems Inspired by NYC

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Scenes from NYC provides a sensory experience—a collection of vivid imagery, storytelling, and first-hand accounts of the bizarre and brilliant.

 

“In New York City, I didn’t realize I was drowning until it was too late.”

In New York City, I didn’t realize I was drowning until it was too late.
I floated above my cocktail at a party
Your words panging against my numb body.

Nothing registered.

I just nodded.
I knew I was dead
Aside from the smile pasted on

Anxiety was the norm
A bubble of unfeeling padded around.
I sipped a beer and realized I was no longer breathing.

You asked me for advice
All I could muster was:
“Chase what you love.”

I floated through the subway and down the streets
Impervious to all
A hypocrite with no money (too many dreams).

At home, I sipped Irish whiskey.
I searched my desk to find something
An old notepad with the word confidence in blue.

In New York City, I didn’t realize I was drowning until I met you.

poetry inspired by new york city

“Texts from Colony IV to New York”

I don’t care what she says, I’m coming home.


She could go fuck herself for all I care, I’m coming home.


Whatever you do, don’t forget what I told you.


Don’t cry. I promise I will make things better.


Give me a break, I’ll be there soon.


I got held up. I’ll be there soon.


Don’t worry. Everything will be OK.


It’s alright, I love you.


Please don’t say that. I’m coming home.


I promise I will change.

Photo by relux.

Photo by relux.

“NYC Career Goals”

I have my back against a wall
I feel myself trying to dig through
Knowing full-well it’s made of concrete

 

Fuck concrete and fuck you
I’ll annihilate you if it means I break through
I’ll crush you if it means I get to shine too

 

I grind my teeth in my sleep
Watch my hairline recede
Type through carpal-tunnel-stiff wrists

 

Because I don’t care if I implode to dust
As long as I’m heard.

 

Every last word.

 

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