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Last year's leaves whisper

in a foot-shuffle vortex

panic in the humus

there's a monster in soil city

bird eye head-cock alert

for an unwary meal

but something's in the wind

crows know

a bird flaps heavily away

a Change is coming

they always know and

they remember, keep their heads

through what for us is a strange oblivion

a crackle, a stirring in the wisteria

a moment of vertigo

a pause to gather lost thoughts

you slowly lower your binoculars

how long has that bird

been watching you?

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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