It’s damn near enveloped the cities.
Those tubes that flicker and hum,
those tubes that arc dragons through rainbowed nights,
those tubes that purvey easy dreams over cheap food,
those tubes that splash intermittent kanji flares,
those tubes that convey the whole world in hummed lights,
those tubes that have grown, and grown,
and that want more, need more,
the neon legion.

Crashed borders trail neon wrought Godzilla’s, wreckage
absorbed by the awkward slink of rainbow tendrils of jutted tubes,
those tubes that flicker and hum,
those tubes that wrap around branches,
those tubes that have merged with rivers.
Flowers now advertise five meal specials,
deers now leap through neon flashes,
trout now navigate flickering duckweed.
In awkward motions rainbow tendrils of jutted tubes climb skyward,
in flickers and in hums.

Flicker and hum clutter the night,
from those tubes that drape the lunar bridge in rainbowed light,
from those tubes that light the noodle house on the moon,
no longer is there a dark side of the moon,
where those rainbowed tendrils of jutted tubes
stretch and reach
into empty space where they look towards mars,
and beyond in their flickering,
and their humming.


Image found here: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gsMgmU4UH0hFcK75HdPgew

Been watching Akira.


About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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10 Responses to Legion

  1. wolfsrosebud says:

    those last 3 lines brought it home for me

  2. Yousei Hime says:

    Akira … no wonder. 😉 I just bought a book about anime, which explores the genre from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle. I’m looking forward to reading it. Enjoyed this piece.

  3. brian miller says:

    cant see the stars for all the light we project back at them…i would rather the stars than anything we can make though you know…

  4. rodkok says:

    Makes me want to live in the country and never return to the city. Great piece!

  5. This reminded me of an art exhibit at Whitman College years ago when I was a student there. It was all neon lights arranged mostly in black sand. As you walked into the exhibit room, lit only by the pieces of art, you could hear the hum of the lights. Peace, Linda

  6. Alex Dissing says:

    “Neon legion” … what a great line. Really made this poem come to life for me.

  7. “Flicker and hum clutter the night” – great line

    Really enjoyed this!

  8. Kelvin S.M. says:

    …nice setting of the tone and voice here…works well in third person… or could be in 2nd for a firmer impact… smiles…

  9. 1emeraldcity says:

    Not the usual from you…jarring and effective.

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