Size / / /

She touched her round organic limb

again, under the boardwalk, as the

harrowing strains of the Marsalis quintuplets

shook dust from the cracks and dimpled

in quivering stationary rings

the surfaces of tidal pools.

Yes, it was her karma to love the one woman

worthy of her attention.

The needle was her benediction,

alcohol lamp her matron of honor,

and by the time she emerged

in the bloody sunset

she was gravid with her child.

Oh God! She was perfection,

casting into the city her thousand

hungry eyes and ears and digesting

our emotions to feed her future.

She never forgot where she came from

even when the city became a brittle husk.




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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