Updated: Jul 24, 2019
Striding Horned Figure (Mesopotamia, ca. 3000 B.C.)
silent, you lead the way
between this world and another.
and water. You come and
go again, boots curled back over
unspeaking. Teach us to
count and to lose track, to climb and
and wide-eyed, show us how
you cross the fiery bridge, how you
and how you
stay behind when we have
all gone down, gone all the way down.
As published in Travel Notes from the River Styx (available from Terrapin Books and from Amazon) and in Escape into Life (scroll down to find).