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Volume 13 • Number 2 • Fall-Winter 2021-2022

Daniel Edward Moore

River All His Words

Ohio’s fields raised him like corn
sold down on the corner
where barefoot Amish children
worship dirt with wonder.

At 91, his breath is beatific and
silent as a saint. Grief
in its grandest form
has not summoned my tears.

I know there are memories
the throat would rather swallow,
which is why my tongue will
river all his words.

If Autumn is when graves
ask trees to do their make-up
he’ll make me his longest summer.
I will run the lights.

“River All His Words” was originally published in 2River Journal.

Daniel Edward Moore lives in Washington on Whidbey Island. His poems are forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, Blue Mountain Review, Drunk Monkeys Magazine, Nixes Mate Review, Lily Poetry Review and The Adirondack Review. He is the author of Waxing The Dents (Brick Road Poetry Press). His recent book, Psalmania, was a finalist for the Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry.