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Petrified

By Dah

Winter’s coliseum, grave sky,

a pond’s crystalized lung.


Below the ice, locked in fear,

the petrified eyes of a buck,


and in the deer’s open mouth,

tiny moons of frozen bubbles.


Kneeling over the animal’s face,

my warm breath rises.


Beneath the body’s weight

the watery sparkle of fish,


and illumed by dawn, the buck,

paralyzed in running motion.


Dah’s seventh poetry collection is Something Else’s Thoughts (Transcendent Zero Press) and his poems have been published by editors from the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Singapore, Philippines, Poland, Australia, Africa, and India. He is a Pushcart Prize and Best Of The Net nominee and the lead editor of the poetry critique group, The Lounge. Dah lives in Berkeley, California, where he is working on his eighth book of poetry.

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