Night Birds

by Michael Shindler (January 2021)

Starry Night, Edvard Munch, 1900-01



Night-birds in-between the branches
Of linden trees—deathless birds
Winging quietly: harsh words
The moonlight blanches.

Mother sets child to bed;
Coins for the dead.

Leaves in the wind,
Night-birds take flight;
Babbling—we sinned
To reach their height.


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Michael Shindler is a writer living in Washington, DC. His work has appeared in publications including The American Conservative, The American Spectator, National Review Online, New English Review, University Bookman, and Providence. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelShindler.

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