If we wash our legs with frozen water

Watch it rill down hairy flesh — oh the power

Of the body to refresh – lie down at night

Wake again among harebells and bees, lichen

Speckled boulders, mists of sweet white

Goatsbeard– if we cock our pollen hats

Like Leonardo da Vinci and sketch

Riffles come to nurse the thirsty

Rubble, we can lean back, sieve

Our tea among secretive

Rocks — soak away the meanness

Of a year’s duplicity — no one can reach

Us here—no human voice–

A river will gentle the cruelest noise

Sandra Alcosser’s PDFs:

Riparian

Strider

Sandra Alcosser is a poet whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry and the Pushcart Prize Anthology.  A Fish to Feed All Hunger and Except by Nature received the highest awards from the National Poetry Series, Academy of American Poets and Associated Writing Programs. She serves on the graduate faculty of Pacific University and San Diego State Univeristy.