The Night is Better Here

The darkness is not so dark
Without street lights.
Stars peer through the sky
By the millions,
Unshrouded
By local illumination.
A breeze caresses my skin,
Unblocked
By oppressive towers.
I fall back
Into luscious grass,
Secure
In its soft, cool embrace.
Crickets chirp
Louder than ever,
Unmuted
By surrounding traffic.
I breathe in the rain
From two nights passed,
Unpolluted
By steam or gas.
The night is calmer,
Here,
In the middle of nowhere,
Where I can be aware
Of everything.

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Dance of the Sirens

The sirens sing to me
From the distance.
The varying melodies
And the changing tempos
Fill my stomach with a sort of dread
That excites me more than scares me.
All around me they scream
Like owls in the night.
The flashing lights are almost visible,
Playing on the walls,
And all down the streets,
Reflected in windows that distort them
And make them run together.
I am watching a performance.
A red spotlight,
Then a blue.
The sweet whine is growing louder
And faster.
And then, breathtakingly,
The dancer glides across the stage
Followed by another
And another.
I wish to follow them,
To know where it is they go to,
But I would never want to ruin
Such a beautiful performance
By knowing the horror that has sparked it
And destroying the wonder
It has sparked in me.