A finite xenoflora,
Not timeless, this museum,
It’s been long enough:
There are other girls,
But what is this familiar face,
Which short-straw grandchild was sent,
David Kopaska-Merkel describes rocks (and the holes in them) for the State of Alabama. He lives with an artist in an urban farmhouse with a yellow “tin” roof. He collects wormholes & the like. He was born in Virginia, but has lived in the home of the crookneck as long as anywhere. Kopaska-Merkel has published 1200+ poems, short stories, reviews, and essays since 1972. He won the Rhysling award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association for best long poem in 2006 for a collaboration with Kendall Evans. Kopaska-Merkel has edited and published Dreams and Nightmares magazine since 1986, and has published a few Rhysling winners over the years. Flash fiction at www.dailycabal.com. Blog at dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.blogspot.com featuring a daily poem. @DavidKM on twitter.. He says:
This one came from the idea of a scoundrel who did a woman wrong. He got her pregnant & then left. He’s hiding from her family in a virtual environment inside the event horizon of a black hole. Even here, the family can find him.