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Harold Bowes specializes in one-line hard science fiction poems. These two longer poems were originally published in The Magazine of Speculative Poetry.


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Two Poems

by Harold Bowes


The Night Has Murdered

    The night has murdered
    a summer day.
    It was an effort.
    It took a long time.
    Like beads of sweat, the stars.


The Distance of Light

    There is a discomfort associated with
    the blackness that is the housefly, a darting blackness
    There is a discomfort associated with
    the blackness that is the darkness, in corners
    and high spaces, but the night sky is a comfort
    There is a sheen like rock there, there is a sheen
    and, as though fossils imbedded,
    there is the light