Cambrian Flashback by Bruce Boston

Asleep in the crocuses
on a cloudy afternoon,
riding aquatic dreams

of lapsed genetic memory
to the salt-laced shallows
of some ancient sea –-

ghost shrimp whispering
the legends of the dead,
silent anemones waving

their constant goodbyes
without ever leaving,
lampreys waiting beneath

each coral encrustation,
eyeless monstrosities
rising from the depths –-

I awaken to a downpour,
soaked and shivering
in the drenched light.

Bruce Boston is the author of more than fifty books and chapbooks, including the dystopian sf novel The Guardener’s Tale and the psychedelic coming-of-age-novel Stained Glass Rain. His poetry has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov’s Readers Award, the Gothic Readers Award, the Balticon Poetry Award, and the Rhysling and Grandmaster Awards of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. His fiction has received a Pushcart Prize, and twice been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (novel, short story).

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