February Evening in New York

Denise Levertov

As the stores close, a winter light
    opens air to iris blue,
    glint of frost through the smoke
    grains of mica, salt of the sidewalk.
As the buildings close, released autonomous  
    feet pattern the streets
    in hurry and stroll; balloon heads
    drift and dive above them; the bodies  
    aren't really there.
As the lights brighten, as the sky darkens,
    a woman with crooked heels says to another woman  
    while they step along at a fair pace,
    "You know, I'm telling you, what I love best  
    is life. I love life! Even if I ever get
    to be old and wheezy—or limp! You know?  
    Limping along?—I'd still ... " Out of hearing.  
To the multiple disordered tones
    of gears changing, a dance
    to the compass points, out, four-way river.  
    Prospect of sky
    wedged into avenues, left at the ends of streets,  
    west sky, east sky: more life tonight! A range  
    of open time at winter's outskirts.

Main Location:

New York, NY, USA