PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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David W. Landrum teaches Literature at Grand Valley State University.  His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including The Barefoot Muse, Raintown Review, Web Del Sol, and many others.  He edits the on-line poetry journal, Lucid Rhythms.


The Armies of the Night
They have no speech or language,
yet their voices goes out to the world.
                        ----Psalm 19
The Chinese, I know now,
call it the river of light,
and in the sky
it stretched, a milky snake,
above a Southern town bathed
in nighttime’s benediction.
My uncles and cousins,
grown men, sat wedged
in an old black Buick Roadmaster
between the spectacle
of space and the uncertainty of talk
and patterned sky that interdicted them.

Now and then a cigarette would glow,
illuming the car; spasms of orange light,
ruined faces, wonder.

Ancient Greek art "Hephaistos" (Toledo Museum of Art)