Dormant

by Mike Allen


The column of the golem's neck
interrupts the cloud cover,
its shoulders mountain high,
its face forever unseen,
the tower of its body shading
our valley as far back 
as our books remember.

Beneath its feet we burrow
to mine iron ore and silver,
marvel at the whorls of its soles.

We pray our generation 
will never see it move,
all our dreams buried beneath 
that calamitous first step.

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Mike Allen is editor of Mythic Delirium magazine and the Clockwork Phoenix anthologies; author of novel The Black Fire Concerto and short story collections Unseaming and The Spider Tapestries; a Nebula Award and Shirley Jackson Award finalist; and winner of three Rhysling Awards for poetry. He posts about his writer exploits at Descent Into Light, his editor exploits at Mythic Delirium, and combines the two at @mythicdelirium.

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