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I dreamed buildings were exploding
all over the old city,
a powerful djinn had gotten loose,
or there might’ve been an alien invasion,
something about underground dogs
turning the tide,
and us cowering in cavernous burrows,
Mark denied that canids were fossorial,
you misunderstood,
so someone explained polysyllabically,
something was chasing us,
we were getting away,
so I knew it wasn’t a dream,
then I woke up,
home in bed with you,
your body rising with each slow breath,
huge things rimmed with colored lights
were settling out of the sky,
dogs were howling,
I pinched myself,
it hurt.



David C. Kopaska-Merkel has 1200+ published poems, short stories, etc. (since 1972). He won the Rhysling Award for best long poem in 2006 for a collaboration with Kendall Evans. His latest book is The Ambassador Takes One For The Team, a collection of speculative poetry. Blog at http://dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.blogspot.com/. @DavidKM on Twitter.
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