Bishop’s Bar: Passer By

Neon lights

brightly burning

turning shadows

into nothing.

lights on faces

casting hatred

causing fear.


Lights form bars

flickering, buzzing

crying out to the lonely,

“Come here and drown,

drown in misery.

Drown in all we share.”


Neon lights

flashing in puddles

caused by drizzling rain.

A splash as a car drives by

drenching all that passes.


Neon red


reflecting off the windows

of the car cruising by,

hiding those inside,

causing strange shadows

on the girl’s face inside.


A man walks by

bathed in the light

of the neon sign

bathed in the light

of the bar’s calling card.

Red, green, gold, blue

bright and flickering

hurting eyes

burning bright.

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