For today’s prompt, take the phrase “It Was a (blank) and (blank) Night,” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night,” “It Was a Bright and Sunny Night,” “It Was a Calm and Lonely Night,” “It Was a Long and Poetic Night,” “It Was a Short and Sweet Night,” and so on and so forth.
IT WAS A STARRY AND MOONLIT NIGHT
by John Yeo
The block was a surreal concrete kingdom of light,
The window lights went out slowly one-by-one.
The moon shone brightly in a cloudless sky
Set in carpet of a million twinkling bright stars.
The breathtaking beauty of a stunning delight,
Shading the graffiti-covered, sheer concrete walls.
Several shrill sirens sounded, in the nearby distance,
Breaking the spell of this beautiful magical sight.
Hiding in the shadows the creatures of the night,
Slowly and surely began to emerge from hiding.
A metal container suddenly crashed to the ground,
As a feral cat searched for discarded food scraps.
The moonlight and starlight mingled magically
Creating a carpet of light high on the rooftops.
In the shadows below a shrill woman’s voice
Started screaming, echoing around the block.
Shouting and screaming as a row developed.
The sad sounds of a Saturday night in the city.
Obliviously continuing with a viral intensity.
Shattering the silence and breaking the spell.
Of a sublime, sensual, starry, moonlit night.
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