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  • By Michael R. Burch

Will There Be Starlight?



Will there be starlight

tonight

while she gathers

damask

and lilac

and sweet-scented heathers?


And will she find flowers,

or will she find thorns

guarding the petals

of roses unborn?


Will there be moonlight

tonight

while she gathers

seashells

and mussels

and albatross feathers?


And will she find treasure

or will she find pain

at the end of this rainbow

of moonlight on rain?


Michael R. Burch is the editor of The HyperTexts, on-line at www.thehypertexts.com, where he has published hundreds of poets over the past twenty years. His poetry has been translated into eleven languages and set to music by three composers. A five-time Pushcart nominee, his poems, translations and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary journals, including Light Quarterly, The Lyric, Measure, Iambs & Trochees, Blue Unicorn, The Chariton Review, The Chimaera, Able Muse, Lucid Rhythms, Poem Today, Asses of Parnassus, Writer’s Digest—The Year’s Best Writing and The Best of the Eclectic Muse.

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Michael R. Burch
Michael R. Burch
May 28, 2023

These are poems of mine in a similar same vein, in case anyone cares to read them. I call these poems my Fables... Step Into Starlight

by Michael R. Burch


Step into starlight,

lovely and wild,

lonely and longing,

a woman, a child . . .


Throw back drawn curtains,

enter the night,

dream of his kiss

as a comet ignites . . .


Then fall to your knees

in a wind-fumbled cloud

and shudder to hear

oak hocks groaning aloud.


Flee down the dark path

to where the snaking vine bends

and withers and writhes

as winter descends . . .


And learn that each season

ends one vanished day,

that each pregnant moon holds

no spent tides in her…


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Michael R. Burch
Michael R. Burch
May 28, 2023
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Thanks Martin, I'm glad you like them. I have been a fan of fables from my boyhood.

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mackenziepoet
Jan 27, 2023

I have almost nothing in common with Michael Burch and rather suspect he does not like me at all, but the fact he truly composes his verses, and in such a beautiful way, place him well above so many others. His aesthetic sensibilities are evidently quite refined.

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Michael R. Burch
Michael R. Burch
May 28, 2023
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Joseph, I have nothing against you as a person. I strongly disagree with the content of some of your poems. It's as if we are members of the same brotherhood facing off in a modern Civil War. Nothing personal, but when one is engaged in a war, one fights with all one's power to win.

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martinmccarthy1956
martinmccarthy1956
Apr 11, 2022

It's just great seeing these poems that I missed the first time. Like 'Poetry' which has already become of me, I will print it off and recite it over and over. A pleasure to read.

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Michael R. Burch
Michael R. Burch
May 28, 2023
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Martin, did you mean "become part of me"? If so, I am truly honored. "Poetry" is an teen-age oath I have tried to live up to as a poet, translator, essayist, editor and publisher. That a poet of your ability would read and recite my poems more than once makes me very happy.

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Jim Dunlap
Jim Dunlap
Mar 18, 2021

Very nicely done Mike. I love it.

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Michael R. Burch
Michael R. Burch
Mar 18, 2021
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I'm glad you love it Jim. The poem has been set to music by the Australian composer David Hamilton and is scheduled to be performed by one of Australia's leading choirs later this year. So there should be a music video soon.

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dan
Mar 15, 2021

One of those poems where you reach the end and say to yourself, "This one; he's done it."

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Michael R. Burch
Michael R. Burch
Mar 15, 2021
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Thanks, Dan, I'm glad you liked my poem "Will There Be Starlight."

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