River Dogs

River Dogs

River folk have destroyed the bridge

beneath an obsolete moon   their dogs run wild   lizards grasped tightly in their iron jaws

beneath an iron moon   the bridge yaws empty   a tracery of absence

where the bridge once existed   dogs laugh into the throat of history    observing the ongoing 
battle    between freshness and salt

jellyfish encroach    armored in their mythical translucence    as the dogs lead the river people 

the edges of the torn and shattered bridge remain   gleaming softly in the moonlight

river dogs have used their people    to destroy the bridge.

Paul Ilechko is the author of the chapbooks “Bartok in Winter” (Flutter Press, 2018) and “Graph of Life” (Finishing Line Press, 2018). His work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Manhattanville Review, West Trade Review, River River, Otoliths and Indicia. He lives with his partner in Lambertville, NJ.

[image: Chasing the night | Mark Kauzlarich ]

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