how can you be lonely

when the office lights

shine into your room from

across the river and the naked

trees together shake and the

yellow taxis all park in front

of the same McDonalds every

night, tell me the portraits

hung over the bedframe don’t

speak when you sleep, tell me the

stray laughter from the street

that takes you from a dream

isn’t more than just you.


photo credit: px here via creative commons

About the author

Talal Alyan is a Palestinian American writer based in New York. His first collection of poetry, Babeldom, will be released by Astrophil Press in 2018.

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