GOING SOUTHfor A and the others
We’ve come downhere where the air is warmas blood – ten daysin faux time, designedto heal a year of distress.
But when toothpick and paperumbrellas in billowy glasses failto console, we resortto the sea, where we,and everyone else, began.
Underwater, the stems are snakesupple and the light is nuanced, gradualas it goes down, and down, toward greennights we’ll never sleep throughor suffer with second hand musicbecause of what happened to our deepthoughts as our hopes drowned,but this is where we may recoverthat moment, that lovely plunge of the heart,when we saw everything as a no thingand its emptiness grew radiant with loss
George Amabile has published ten books and has had work in over a hundred national and international venues, including The New Yorker, Poetry (Chicago), American Poetry Review, Botteghe Oscure, The Globe and Mail, The Penguin Book of Canadian Verse, Saturday Night,, Poetry Australia, Sur (Buenos Aires), Poetry Canada Review, and Canadian Literature. His most recent publications are a long poem, Dancing, with Mirrors (Porcupine’s Quill, 2011), Small Change (Fiction, Libros Libertad, 2011) and Martial Music (poetry, Signature Editions, 2016) all of which have won the prestigious Bressani Award.“Trust the River”