John Swain Debuts

Black Mountain Crest

Sky at the eagle black height
where the mountain arose
broken from my chest
above the frozen stream still
in its movement of blue rain.

Days of the sun and the light
I despised for my tiredness,
weak and ungrateful, disease
in the water where an elk fell
through ice in the shallow.

I fall asleep among the rocks
where I was born, being one
with no one, my outstretched
arms become a winter tree
giving nothing to your want.

John Swain lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Least Bittern Books published his second collection, Under the Mountain Born.


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