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Clayton A. Couch's poetry has appeared in numerous small press publications. He works as an online freelance proofreader/editor and as a Library Specialist at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC.

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Highway 85

by Clayton A. Couch

Springs from night air.
Shape hides slice
of blurred star ceiling.
Owl's shade tears a way
through windshielded sky
and vanishes quick
as breath over dark cold trees;
yet a thought occurs:
perhaps that wasn't an owl
at all. Air Force base
squats close to highway,
Art Bell chats flying saucer
stories on speakers,
and I think I'll recall
something a little
more mysterious here.