Chagall Gift

(inspired by a Chagall painting)
by Allegra Jostad Silberstein

A moon cow
golden yellow
wreathed in roses
seems to flow from
the music of the violin,
the bow held
by a solitary hand.

Bovine nostrils lift
into the night-mist,
and her parted lips smile.

Looking down
above the church spire
a green angel hovers like
a luna-moth held by the light
of the lovers:
the man in wedding black
right arm around
his bride’s waist
left arm curving over his head
echoes the angel.

Outside the frame
I breathe in the night,
cling to luminosity.

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