Riddlework of riverbed   
            tracery of cloud
    oxbow and marshland
horseshoe bend with cutbank

        no hurry to get there   
just settle
    into afternoon unnoticed
while the stonefly nymphs rise
        dumb   
    to the waiting cutthroat

let the bufflehead rest here
    and the hooded merganser
make circles   
        and lord
and I use that name
    ‘cause I’ve found no better one
        lord

let me linger a while
    in this eddy
        before I rise.

 

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