How Far Their Reach

Something strange on the wind
new colors on new shapes
crouched low and silent,
all unknown things
are deadly things –
how far away is safe?
will it gesture, and
with a terrible yollop
strike us deaf and dead
at fifty meters?
or is it placid, patient,
killing only by accident
or convenience,
a living snare
waiting for any
clumsy footfall?

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