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Without Warning
by Nevada Kerr

Before the crows died in the pools
Leaving open bodies and visible odors
The dawn unfolded it's utter stillness
In gatherings of the unborn dead

They arrived without warning
In larval comas and bloody weeds
And littered the brain-strewn streets
Where all but hearts were in motion

Touched and kissed by the inflamed
The fertilized eggs grew and changed
The wind-swept gave them a name
And the world turned color that day

The insects undressed the wounds
Of the infected swarms fleeing the cities
The sun climbed with the rising fear
After the birds devoured memory and air

Written by Nevada Kerr
6th October 2001.

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Created: October 2001 © Paul Kinder Last Updated: 10/10/01