After swimming Monday evening, I went downtown
to catch the bus home. It was raining a cold mist
as I waited the few minutes before it arrived.
I sat on a bench at the Federal court building to watch
the traffic and take in all the colored lights.
Many of the buildings have colored lights as a part of
their decorative features, accenting their ridges and eaves.
Some change with the season; one building, whose lights are
usually blue, showed an eerie orange glow for Halloween.
Traffic and street lights cast their luminous sheen
onto the damp pavement and, as the bus prepared to pull
away from the curb, the rivulets of rain took on
the colors of red beaded curtains, the wipers pulling the strands
aside to reveal the colorful scene just beyond.