On the Advent of Artificial Light
on van Gogh’s Starry Night over the Rhône
The night is brighter now.
Gaslight from town glitters
russet over the Rhône, shimmering,
encroaching upon the far bank
and revealing the prows
of vessels moored along the shore.
Overhead the stars bloom
like celestial alliums—or maybe
they’re dandelions instead:
pale seed heads not yet
blown away by copper gaslight,
by the approaching breath of dawn.
Natalie Schriefer received her MFA from Southern Connecticut State University. Her work has appeared on MTV and in Room, Into the Void, and Connecticut River Review, among others. She works as a freelance writer and editor. Home base: www.natalieschriefer.com.