from sinkhole, wash-out, cascade that sheets a cliff-face; glisten us when we shuck off mourning print and cadet blue. Ease these fears of subsidence and dam-bust. Counter the wind that scours those who come from thrashings and revivals, dissipate the fog-shroud that bewilders dump trucks and six-tons. Let down droplets that xylophone a cave-floor. When storms rattle the pin-oaks, when the sky is a bruise, give us the smell of a pawpaw so ripe it splits, a waterpot of spirit and truth, a flushed-out creek. Tell us when the hour comes for a bubbling-up, a brimming- over of cistern, or basement, or stream, that we may bring buckets, canning jars, our leaky hands, and fill them with some pitch, some slurry, some tarry soup rising at our feet.

WILLIAM WOOLFITT is the author of the poetry collections Beauty Strip (Texas Review Press, 2014) and Charles of the Desert (Paraclete Press, forthcoming). His fiction chapbook The Boy with Fire in His Mouth (2104) won the Epiphany Editions contest. His poems and stories have appeared in Blackbird, Image, Tin House, The Threepenny Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Epoch, and other journals. He is the recipient of the Howard Nemerov Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Denny C. Plattner Award from Appalachian Heritage.