Military Maneuvers, South of Drowning Creek


The sky is pocked with parachutes raining from the belly of the plane, the fat plane that dropped low before your windshield and now hovers over the field like a cloud, like a ponderous thought you could not have predicted. Or is the sky lit by a hundred little suns, each one sinking to its own twilight? This unremarkable air, a threshold you can’t imagine crossing. Stop and pay attention, dreamer, to the weather and all that moves. To timing and the necessity of risk, to repetition and the unrepeatable. The sky of amber silk is falling.

SUSAN LAUGHTER MEYERS is the author of Keep and Give Away (University of South Carolina Press), winner of the inaugural SC Poetry Book Prize, the SIBA Book Award for Poetry, and the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, as well as Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column. A long-time writing instructor, Meyers lives with her husband in the rural community of Givhans, SC.