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Glass Harp Presage

For Ben Franklin, Inventor


Black moon ascending

precedes a solar eclipse

fodder for soothsayers

on the far side of prediction,


good omen for cat burglars

scaling buildings, lifting

ice, procuring algorithms 

as hip-hop millionaires

purchase another gold chain,

hone their art, lionize doggerel,

sip white wine from crystal stem

goblets held by digits softly calloused,

saluting back doors of every entrance

where solar energy street lights

project automated luminescence

until the dim shadows abate, release

the dark orb, and sounds of clashing


toasts ring like a glass armonicas

spinning with great consequence:

friction idiophones emitting high pitched

rings driving me as crazy as Lunar beams.



Sterling Warner is ​an award-winning author, poet and educator. His works have appeared in literary magazines, journals, and anthologies including Danse Macabre, Ekphrastic Review, 

and Anti-Heroin Chic. Warner’s collections include Rags & Feathers, Without Wheels, ShadowCat, Edges, Serpent’s Tooth, Flytraps, Cracks of Light, and Masques: Flash Fiction & Short Stories.

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