Nocturnal Paramour

By Sydney Bebon

Nocturnal Paramour

“Smoke” © Centophobia (https://www.flickr.com/photos/centophobia/3457876862/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She lived in red velvet booths of
     rooms filled with the brrrrrrum tum tum of a tum of a trumpeter
          and pretty little things that sang in smoke
She gleamed like light on liquor
     In warm viscous seductions of
          lifted brows, grasping hands, and swollen lips
She was careful to move in tune with the music
     that curled slow and sweet
          that wisped through the air and disappeared
She was careful not to startle the smoke
     scared of what she might see
          if she strayed from the rhythm
     if the smoke cleared
if the music stilled in the air
     the sweet
sweltering
air

Sydney Bebon is eighteen and high school Senior at Deerfield Academy, In Western Massachusetts. Born and Raised in New York City on the bustling Upper West Side of Manhattan, she is inspired by the lives and stories of New Yorkers. In the last two summers she has attended Writing Workshops at Columbia University and The School of the New York Times. She is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of Albany Road literary and arts magazine, where her work has been published in recent years.

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