Fate agitates in the sheer canyon in the
Sparse shadow of starving pines clinging
To stoic cliffs. Teens skylark in kayaks and
Old men paddle in canoes to fight surging
Rage. The river shrugs off intruders on its
Roiling shoulders, slashes skin, splinters bone.
Rocks find all in the stained blanket of time to
Eddy un-happened sadness. No one escapes.
No birth or station, no wealth, grants a pardon.
Jagged rock happens to all in the eternal canyon
Of angry water and bitter tears. Rock happens.
G. Louis Heath, Ph.D., Berkeley, 1969, is Emeritus Professor, Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa. He enjoys reading his poems at open mics. He has published poems in a wide array of journals. His books include Leaves Of Maple and Long Dark River Casino.