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Pine, spruce project on twilight’s ruby screen
        As lamps define arterials and streets,
        And freeways flow commuters home. Rose streaks
Stretch opal stratosphere to starry skein,

And data, deadlines, details fade to night.
        Day’s bribe, threat, and deceit still live—no, thrive.
        Integrity must battle to survive,
In shadowed lunar scene must sharpen sight.
Posted 12/17/18
from Stars Beyond the Battlesmoke (Rose Alley Press, 2008)
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