Wading upriver

risking brash water

for where torrents meet

we pay no heed

to rumour, play counter to

the rules.  Our snakes draw us up.

Against the heft of us

the muscular current

 its tang of iron

spawns the power and fury

inside us.  We will plunge

through white spray

this privileged view

gorge rising

 blue gash of sky

brindled fish swept seawards

backwash of pearls.

Beware the flash

of our Medusa stare.

Beware, we well up.


from The Knucklebone Floor (Smokestack 2022)


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