June 25, 2013

Hawk's Nest, West Virginia by John Swain

Stone turret overlook 
on the river clear breasted 
as a red hawk,
the river itself
a hawk in reflection
this woman
the river 
keeping the valley 
open between green peaks.
I needed
those guardians again
to hold and watch longer
than we either deserved.
Wonderment of the grace,
sky island
to lose oneself
by every tearing
and still remain
close to the own
being revealing.

John Swain lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Crisis Chronicles Press published his most recent chapbook, White Vases. 

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