April is National Poetry Month. Writer’s Digest has a Poem A Day challenge, which I’m going to participate in. A few of those poems will end up here. Check out the link if you want to try the challenge, too.


The challenge for the 6th is to write a poem about night.

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9:30 p.m. on a Saturday

Air slowly surrendering


hoarded from the day’s bright harsh sunshine

that faded a couple of hours ago

The sky is dark

where it’s not washed out

by bright towering streetlights

colorful neon signs

twinkling strands hung from trees

and the red-yellow-green dance of stoplights

Light spills from crowded restaurants

and flows after the laughter tumbling

from open bar doors

it dances down the streets with cell phones

and prowls from car headlights


searching endlessly

for an open parking space

So much light and activity

people eating and drinking and talking

filling the darkness

But quiet spaces remain

between the lights and conversation

where pinpricks of light twinkle down

on the star-dusted city

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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