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a proliferation of ponds—small, just like children pools—squarish, seemingly manmade and too regular. Trimmed with scarce vegetation. No lilies. Ducks, yes, one per unit— gradually, they came to inhabit a pond each, as if realizing the size invited a cellular style of existence. Private, singular. Very focused if slightly selfcentered. Those ducks were also random, belonging to the most various species, following geographic locations. Did I say the uprooting occurred all over the planet? Kind of simultaneously. No weather, no habitat was spared besides the great deserts. The rain forest, perhaps, just because in such mess keeping track of defections was hard. We called them “the vanishers.” Someone wondered about possible destinations. Aimlessly, because how would we know? Theoretically the trees might have disintegrated in space—a reasonable hypothesis. Only, we believed they had not because of the urgent, the deliberate mood—so strong, so unmistakable— the holes clearly betrayed. As we got persuaded the vanishers willed themselves off— at least agreed to the exodus—a ‘somewhere’ necessarily followed. Nothing hinted at a manner of vegetal suicide. Such impulse leaves a messy aftermath, a nasty exhalation that wasn’t there. No. The goers had arrived on some rocky thing, planet or satellite. What tickled the imagination of curious (restless? perhaps troubled) minds was ‘how’ they landed. Did the crown hit the ground? Anything might have happened as they fell out of gravity—they might have turned around, evolved, revolved. Did they ever fall out, though? As I said, we sensed their trajectory was 73

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Mojave River Review spring/summer 2019  

The Mojave River Review spring/summer 2019 issue spotlights superb poetry and prose by brilliant contributors from around the globe. Enjoy 2...

Mojave River Review spring/summer 2019  

The Mojave River Review spring/summer 2019 issue spotlights superb poetry and prose by brilliant contributors from around the globe. Enjoy 2...

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