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Ron Rash - Fall Creek

As though shedding an old skin,
Fall Creek slips free from fall's weight,
clots of leaves blackening snags,
back of pool where years ago
local lore claims clothes were shed
by a man and woman wed
less than a month, who let hoe
and plow handle slip from hands,
left rows half done, crossed dark waves
of bottomland to lie on
a bed of ferns, make a child,
and all the while the woman
stretching both arms behind her
over the bank, hands swaying
wrist-deep in current—perhaps
some old wives' tale, water's pulse
pulsing what seed might be sown,
or just her need to let go
the world awhile, let the creek
wash away every burden
her life had carried so far,
open a room for this new
becoming as her body
flowed around her man like water.

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Poet: Ron Rash
Poem: Fall Creek
Volume: Raising the Dead
Year: Published/Written in 2002

Comment 1 of 1, added on August 27th, 2005 at 4:47 PM.

I really liked this poem. Ron Rash is an amazing writer.

Holly from United States

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