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caught in a grunt of water
where existence peaks like
fever and then
runs down
the other side of the hill;
the wind lies on its side,
catches its breath
in scratching dirt
and talks to no one. it
seems older than something
rare, reflected in copper
rabbits foraging mine shafts.
in liquid ants red as iron ore,
it seems straight as time.
in the stream of birds
refracted like water
in the sun, it
struggles to remember
where it came from.
in a quivering hand, it
loosens a shingle
of itself and kicks up
a small twister that
dies with a splash
in the dust,
Livio Farallo is co-founder and co-editor of the Niagara Falls-based Slipstream Magazine and Press. He will read from his work in conjunction with the release of Slipstream No. 19 at 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Loft (above the Book Corner), 1801 Main St., Niagara Falls.

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