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To Mahalah
(who lent me her pen)

Flying from Munich

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse09 Jan 2017

A sun-
set in silver,
burnished copper
and gold,
worthy of
a Viking hoard.

A cloud-
blanket Europe,
a ghost of the ice
that carved
the horizon’s
snowed-in mountains:

beneath the dome
of the sky,
shading deep blue
from the rim’s fire.