Something in the water smells like a dead zone. Something
in the mud creeps across my heel.
You can drift out here. The silt, the silt. Every dust bowl longs< to be soup. I mean the sky
is totally Sanskrit,
and flycatcher’s still working that little willow’s atmosphere
like he owns the place, like
even the cottonwoods have quit giving the wind
some lip. I love near-island’s bluffsheer, that loaf of loess look.
Go on, Mama Kaw,
dredge me. Silver maple, show me some leg.
There’s an eagle now. Of course there’s a fucking eagle. I mean
upwellings so perverse
one longs to strike a match. And vultures, just upstream, steady
at conjugating carp into kite frame. God,
you old trotliner, I’m going to clean all your hooks
and then make a necklace, lots of necklaces, from what cordage,
what sinkers. For nowhere, its throat.
Thorpe Moeckel is the author of five books, including Arcadia Road: A Trilogy, which is forthcoming this fall. He directs the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University.