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    impressionist art of moonlight on water

    Poem: “Zeal”

    By Sofia M. Starnes

    May 20, 2023

    Oh, to imagine I’m shielding You, when You’re
    secure as a chant in a red hymnal,
    hope of our eyes. You step away on sure
    voices, in a child’s throat made for canticle.

    Oh, to dream I’m some ardent sentinel
    bearing the moon on my watch, between a church
    and a fire, when it’s You who lifts the torch,
    clears the tares, so that we might see the stones

    pointing home. You pick Your way through the scorch,
    calling stragglers—     Oh, those dallying bones.


    impressionist art of moonlight on water

    Edvard Munch, Moonlight on the Shore, oil on canvas, 1892

    Contributed By SofiaStarnes Sofia M. Starnes

    Sofia M. Starnes, a former Virginia Poet Laureate, is the author of six poetry collections, most recently The Consequence of Moonlight (Paraclete Press, 2018).

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