Friday, April 7, 2017

New England ground

the glacier tilled

glacial till—
a noun that describes
pulverized rock, sand, and stone
laid down upon the land
by the ice behemoths that gouged and crushed the earth—

before it was a noun,
“till” was what the glaciers did:
great landscapers sculpted and rearranged it all up here,

now the land undulates:
the water table high,
swampy area upon swampy area,
with rising in between, fit for house and road and forest,
the marshy land an edge of land and water,
perfect for wading birds and forcing us 
to leave enough land to its own devices
that other animals find a niche
into which their wildness can fit.

by Henry H. Walker
April 3, ’17

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