Hard seed suspended over six wire legs

The strider creates a most playful

Wake as it sculls, leaps, skates

Across the river. At night branches lengthen

Plants increase in height– and below air

Below transparent films of water

More atmospheres – upside down interiors

That we could float if we knew more of birth

Or death except sublime rehearsals

A body carries an extra heart

In each wing if it needs to go deeper

What is the smallest life in a great river

The wisest — where the skipper stops to clean its whiskered

Feet—little round shadows cast on dimpling water

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.