The night gardener bends his back to the black earth,
rakes the day's colors empty with eyes turned down.
Beads of pearl sweat drop on the soil as he
lays out his curving beds along the waterline
planting a course of brick-hedge seeds that spring up
their flowers in concrete lanterns, beautiful and foolish
under the untended wildflowers of the sky.
revised December 2015
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Images: The Starry Night, 1888, Vincent Van Gogh,
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Manhattan Skyline at Night,