Poetry

FEBRUARY 2016

 

The Day of Saint Richard of Wyche

by RODNEY NELSON

we want to go rowing on it
but more than cold is holding up
the river

we do not see moving current
in the middle open reaches
of water

the remnant ice at either edge
may be thick enough under it
to join there

but more than cold is holding up
the flow and we can only wait
to know what

could be what came as snow today
in a waiver of April sun
and until

it lets the river run again
we’ll have to do our boating
in the sky