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;
To reach their height.
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