10:4: “Taking it Slow”, by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

10:4: “Taking it Slow”, by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

A finite xenoflora,
in this refuge,
seamlessly recursive;
its fractal beaches
flower in the heat
of eviscerated stars.

Not timeless, this museum,
but expect changes back home
if you get out alive;
I recommend departure
before the big Evaporation,
official warnings almost
drowned in the furious sounds
of rampant vegetation.

It’s been long enough:
she had the baby,
her brothers forgot you
or have passed on,
their annoying insistence
that a free spirit like you get hitched
the oldest of old news.

There are other girls,
but this place has no more exhibits
on its horizon,
time to take the tunnel,
which might still connect
this place to spacetime.

But what is this familiar face,
that firm hand on your shoulder,
those cadences reminiscent
of your erstwhile home?

Which short-straw grandchild was sent,
armed with a treasured holo,
to drag you out of this hole
to face the music,
and why?


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.



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