"This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force." - Dorothy Parker

A Moonlight Night


A moonlight night like this

can lift one’s mood a number

of ways. The clear starlight

after a chaotic day is

calming as a night’s slumber.

Shadows hide from sight

the dreary things: The scrawl

of graffiti, grimy streets,

the city’s breed astray.

Bright lights fall

alike on all one meets,

display all faults. Away

from the pitiless glare

moonlight soothes. Young

lovers boldly embrace

unaware of my shameless stare.

They count themselves among

the stars, the splendor of space.

Phyllis Van Buskirk