With flint and tinder to kindle,
we spark a blaze red-yellow-blue
as night bedims and outlays
the starry convoy of the skies,
urging a census of the countless;
hours vanish posthaste till
sun gilds the eastern rim and
dawn onrushes the heavens,
flooding the world with glow
and with gratitude early risers
who climb to their full height and
with a bellying sail ply the waters
questing for inviting horizons.
BRANDON MARLON is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 275+ publications in 28 countries.
Featured image: Henri-Edmond Cross, “Landscape with Stars,” watercolor on white wove paper, ca. 1905-1908, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.