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David C. Kopaska-Merkel is the editor of Dreams and Nightmares and the Science Fiction Poetry Association's journal, Star*Line. He had sold poems and stories and reviews to many places, including Night Cry, Eldritch Tales, Xenophilia, Space and Time, and Alpha Dimension. By day he's a geolo gist; he's co-authored a sedimentology textbook, and published papers on trilobites, oil and gas reservoir rocks, and fossil reefs. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


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Where Meteors Roam

by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

There are too many stars here,
shining through peepholes cut in the
black cloak of space.
Her stately tread's unaltered as her hem
blots me out.
I wish now for a friendly meteor,
a fiery horse that would gallop so fast
I'd reach my home beneath Olympus Mons before
my air runs out.
Why here she is now!
I always thought the ride would be so
burning cold I'd not survive it,
But my steed carries me beyond the velvet expanse that
hides the icy moonlets here beyond the Nine,
And we cross the Styx together,
neither paying toll.