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a resolution was proposed

and carried with near

unanimous support

to outlaw decoys,

those quisling quackers,

web-foot weasels

siren-singing death-dealing

traitors to the flocks,

near unani-

mous, I say;

there were a few votes nay,

but when challenged,

the offending delegates,

those disgraceful dissenters,

spoke not,

but floated aimlessly

in garish splendor,

in all,

a rather wooden response.

An aether compactor by trade, David Kopaska-Merkel began writing poetry after witnessing the Ascension of Tim. He won the Rhysling award for best long poem in 2006 for a collaboration with Kendall Evans. He has written 23 books, of which the latest is SETI Hits Paydirt  (Popcorn Press). Kopaska-Merkel has edited Dreams & Nightmares magazine since 1986.  You can reach him via email.
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