Summer 1957 • Vol. XIX No. 3 Poetry |

Dark and Glare

Joseph Joel Keith DARK AND GLARE Maternal, impartial, night shields the child, old thief, the priest, the penitent, the clutched love that is brief. Night masks her children, locking in the saint and sinner; all, all her kin bundled beneath a ragged shawl. Night is felonious; she comes to shield, to lie and blind young loves who strut past weary ones, past the aged seekers who trudge by. Night breaks the latches of two doors, begins again two ageless wars where a new birth and an old death cry.

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