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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?




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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3 Oct 2022

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