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Viewed from a hotel lobby

20 feet of plate glass window


It is a few moments before dawn

a dark grey sky is fading

replaced by a softer



reflected off a line of skyscrapers

a shade lighter than the river next to it

darker than several blocks of a parallel walkway


Soon, the sun will rise

a soft yellow first then

other colours will appear

                                                But not yet


I have this moment

a few minutes at best,


when the city pauses midstep, bathed in a single color

halfway between night and new day



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