Epilogue (For Vincent Van Gogh), by Keith Baumgardner
Winning Poem from Poetry for the Mind's Joy, The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress
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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
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