Nighthawks

Three AM at the singles’ bar
on the edge of closing —
like lilies on a coffin
with neon pale faces
reflected in the eyeless glass,

a young couple make a final effort
to fall in love;
but not much is said
except with sleepless stillness and
tea-spoon stirring
until they drift off in separated dreams.

Nighthawks by Edvard Hopper

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16 responses to “Nighthawks

  1. I always wondered what a singles bar was like. Ours close at two. Same as the regular type. My mother always said that I’d never find a nice girl at a bar. Our daughter and SIL found each other at a singles hang out.
    ..

  2. Yes, that’s such a bleak painting. You’ve conveyed the loneliness well.

  3. This has such a sense of place, Bjorn.. that is the storyteller in you coming to the fore in succinct creative ability. Smashing!

  4. on the edge of closing —
    like lilies on a coffin
    with neon pale faces
    reflected in the eyeless glass,

    So perfectly captured, stripped down to almost bleakness, and sense of the futility of it all, the hope of/for an abatement from the taste of loneliness – looking for love (in all the wrong places?) – great little, tight piece of writing that is such a compliment to the Hopper painting!

  5. WOW. This is one of my favorites yet, Björn. You’ve told a rich story in just a few words.

  6. It’s amazing how one picture can inspire so many poems – I’ve written two about Nighthawks. I love your interpretation, Bjorn!

  7. kaykuala

    but not much is said
    except with sleepless stillness and
    tea-spoon stirring
    until they drift off in separated dreams.

    Not easy to cement and wrap up what one may not like or desire! Easier to go separate ways

    Hank

  8. When a hook up feels like a funeral. I’m glad I haven’t had to deal with the singles scene in decades.

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