It Is Still

Bow River, Alberta

It is still

where the waters

run deep

where fathoms lie

between surface and

depths.

 

You could drown

without

a trace.

 

But the river is alive

in the deep places

wide awake.

 

It is like watching

a grizzly or

snow leopard or

Leviathan:

you don’t dare

move

lest he notices

and flees or turns

and swallows you whole.

 

Only the shallows

are noisy

with constant

motion

drowning all

listening,

speaking all

day

yet saying nothing.

 

m. buchanan

begin Oct 1/15, finished Feb 1/16