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Lamar Valley
by Deborah P Kolodji

After a week of togetherness
at the mercy of our family,
I conspire with my sister 
to ditch the family reunion,
go at sunrise to watch wolves.

Maybe we'd howl ourselves
at a slow setting moon 
as the sun illuminates
the Absaroka Mountains.

We could hike along Slough Creek,
sip water bottles, and pretend
the fangs are barely noticeable...

that we would both spend the night
chasing elk was something
we would never mention.


Deborah P Kolodji is the president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and a member of the Haiku Society of America.  She participates in many mainstream, speculative, and haiku poetry events in the greater Los Angeles area. Her work has been published in Modern Haiku, Strange Horizons, Frogpond, Scifaikuest, Tales of the Talisman, Mainichi Daily News, Illumen, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, and many others. She edits Amaze: The Cinquain Journal and the Dwarf Stars Anthology. Kolodji has published four chapbooks of poetry.


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