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This poem was submitted for the "Poetry for the Mind's Joy" project and is reproduced here with permission from the author. All rights reserved. Poetry for the Mind's Joy is Poet Laureate Kay Ryan's project that includes a community college poetry contest administered by the Community College Humanities Association and a lively videoconference.

A night washed away in brushstrokes;

Smeared stars across a faint black sky.

While a faceless crowd walks about underneath,

Absentmindedly unaware of the melting night.

Believing time goes on in the cyclical manner it always has.

Reassuring themselves that Monday follows Sunday.

Blissfully mindless of tonight’s dripping moon

Puddled into a glass

And toasted down to midnight

Erie Community College, Buffalo, NY
Faculty Contact: Sabrina L. Caine, Department of English