Saturday, April 20, 2013


O Navigator

I'm an innocent bystander —

it's my lover who hikes

up river for mail and some-

times meets curious things

along the way, like the fellow

in the car just now, after the

flood in this valley, who needs

to get to "west layden road" — my

lover corrects him, "you mean west

leyden road?"  "yes," he says, then adds

"my navigator says it's this way"

pointing to his dashboard, then southward

"but there isn't any road this way since the flood"

she points south

"but my navigator says it is this way"

he points south

she kindly continues, "it is this way"

pointing south

"but the road's gone"

still pointing

inch by inch

pointing someone

back to earth


Beautiful Days
Longhouse 2013

photo © bob arnold
when "River Road" became a river
during Hurricane Irene