Poetry | To the city that stole my heart

Times Square

To the city that stole my heart,
It’s only been a few hours since I left
Yet it feels like I’ve been away an age
I’m afraid my memory of you won’t hold for much longer

To the city that stole my heart,
As the bright lights fade into the distance I shiver
I feel cold not surrounded by crowds
The silence is stifling

To the city that stole my heart,
Your looming concrete skylines never fail to steal my breath
I wax poetic at your beauty at every possible moment to people who don’t care
Is it possible to feel more at home here than my own bed?

To the city that stole my heart,
I know how Holiday felt now, Frank too
I quietly hum the lyrics to a Billy Joel song
A piano accompaniment to our love affair

To the city that stole my heart,
They’re trying to turn me against you
I am blinded by optimism, they tell me to move on
Or face the inevitable heartbreak you will deal out

To the city that stole my heart,
Why is it so hard to say goodbye
I’ve been to hell and back in your arms
But this is a one way relationship

To the city that stole my heart
Keep it

I never want it back anyway

Ria