Manhattan bathes in lilac-stained dawn, patiently waiting for a new day to form. Skyscrapers tickled by the flicker of confused lights on or off? Night or day? they wonder whilst light meets dark, nodding heads as they pass each other by. Taxis creep around corners, collecting the last of the night raiders, breath sour and eyes wine-weakened, allergic to morning light. Cars groan and begin to carve today’s trails exhaust pipes snoring as they huff out polluted clouds into smokeless sky. The 6.a.m. sun crowns The Empire State Building, and glazes a million windows like honey-roasted ham. Chrysler squints, May’s rays bounce off her bronze-blushed walls. Sleepless wanderers now sleepy crowds, wine bottles now coffee cups. Pigeons flutter between dragging feet, pecking pavements, catching the odd petal from the honey-blossoms that stand like angels amongst grey steel. A sea of suits cluster at the crossing, people politely covering yawns as they wait for the green man to give them instruction, unsure whether the button has even been pushed.