Night Streets of Old Prague

a poem by Dwayne Leon Rankin, USA - poetry writer, author, poet

[This was inspired by a photo of the city of Old Prague, their narrow streets and quiet ambiance found on the streets at night]

Night Streets of Old Prague
by Dwayne Leon Rankin

It was dark that night
......On the streets all around,
With no light at all
......But for those street lamps found.
Those lamps, each, faint glowed
....... Forth then through the night;
They shone out softly,
......Their dim glowing light.


Down onto the street;
......That cobble stoned road;
And peaceful it was,
.....Where evening abode.
Not a soul was seen walking
......Out on that late eve;
Upon those dim streets,
......Where night’s shadows weave.

The fronts of the buildings
......That marked the dark edge,
Of sidewalks were found
.....With their short shadowed ledge.
Those walls, they all seemed
......To give a soft glow,
From high where those lamps
......Shone down on below.

So quiet the night
......Beneath that dark sky,
Where nary a spark
......Or gleam was seen high.
Not a glimmer of light,
......Or spark of a gleam,
Was seen of the stars;
......Their soft glowing beam.

For though the bright stars
......Glowed above on the street.
They, then, with the lamps;
......They could not compete.
And so though the night,
......The darkness remained;
The stars, they were hid,
......By the lamps light thus chained.

So peaceful and quiet
......The street through the night.
So tranquil, serene
......Within that soft light.
Of those dim streetlamps
......On the streets seen all ‘round,
So passive and restful
......On those evenings found.





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