The Pale Sky

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Contributor: Bruce Levine

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The pale sky shown against
The purple linings of clouds
New formations emanating from the
Atmosphere of indeterminacy

Striated visions of light
Reflecting off pools of stagnant water
Held fast as if bent by a quartz crystal
Polished by years of buffeting wind

Ozone filtered air after a lightning storm
Relieving the stench of humidity
Festering through a nightmare
Of unspoken platitudes of speech

Golden arrows recovered from a quiver
Soaked by the rainstorms of earlier times
Narrow boundaries of earthen promontories
Holding the future in a Pyrex dish

Filling the motions of another dimension
Answering questions no longer defined

Harbingers of starlight pointing through shadows
Final evasion of an earlier rhyme
Lasting forever in an atomic incubator
Opening doorways of an earlier kind

Lightyears of travel to another dimension
Lingering entries in the journal of time
Forecast impression resolving the query
Hologram beings the last of mankind

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Bruce Levine, a 2019 Pushcart Prize Poetry Nominee, has spent his life as a writer of fiction and poetry and as a music and theatre professional. His literary catalogue includes four novels, short stories, humorous sketches, flash fiction, poetry, essays, articles and a screenplay. Nearly one-hundred-fifty of his works are published in over twenty-five on-line journals including Ariel Chart, Friday Flash Fiction, Literally Stories; over thirty print books including Poetry Quarterly, Haiku Journal, Dual Coast Magazine, and his shows have been produced in New York and around the country. His six eBooks are available from His work is dedicated to the loving memory of his late wife, Lydia Franklin. He lives in New York with his dog, Daisy. Visit him at


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