Cosmic Dancer. A ghazal by Deborah P. Kolodji.

Clinical Trials

A car ran over the family dog.
They froze a section of its tail.

One night a coyote got the cat
but left samples all over the lawn.

After the crib death of their baby,
they visited the neighborhood cloning clinic.

The new dog, cat & baby
were perfect replacements.

After the third bout with SIDS,
they realized the baby would never grow up

looking to replace what was missing
from their re-manufactured life.

Spring 2001 Ghazal

Alison Marshall's