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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 geologist; 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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Live Like Rain

by David C. Kopaska-Merkel

    Silence and

    red roses;
    rain is today like evil.
    Lost are arts, alone are ashes.
    Her ghost, stymied, helplessly rooting;
    the bones are the tree's heart.

    Live like today is rain.
    Stymied ghost,
    her ashes are never alone, but

    arts are lost, and dreams of death.
    Heart, trees, rain --
    the bones are the noose by which we're bound,
    Roses red, sweet wine, a scented breeze in the garden,
    life's lifted skirt beneath a tree,
    bones silent and forgotten.