Issue: Issue Summer 2006
Poem: 24-Hour Shine
24-Hour Shine © Poet-broker
Developers are tinkering with a tinsel town toolkit
chiseling clues from foundations of urban places,
they’ve tightened up synergy in boulevard spaces,
and smoothed diverse urban energies into grooves.
The past is preserved in Egyptian and Pantages restorations
the future is foreshadowed on the rails of three transit stations
at night workers race to bars over walk of fame pavement
then throw off their shoes in lofts above the rail tubes.
The barely lit sun shines on reborn deco buildings
where youth rests before stumbling past steamy cafés
up to loft offices or down Hollywood and Vine escalators
to catch red neon Metro to downtown or San Fernando gigs,
looking back above them at glass towers where elevators
mix women in nurses whites with sisters in St. John knits.
Ed Rosenthal is “poet-broker” and is also a historic properties specialist for CB Richard Ellis in downtown Los Angeles, where he is senior vice president of investments. He can be reached at Poetemail@example.com