Live Branch Reach

by Daniel Wilcox

Writhing twists of growing
Corded effort stretched
Out westward
From the knotted
Leaning
Shadow dark trunk,
Bright sunlight
On the contorted
Slow-year braided flow,
Tribulating
Over
Dry boulders,
Stone-strewn
On the sand-creeked streambed;

Stretched wooden waves
Driftwood wrenched,
Intertwined effort
Convoluting,
Live branch reach
Tributaries
Flowing west with
New green growth
Behind and above
The under shadows
On the barred river sand,
Living driftwood river


Daniel Wilcox earned his degree in Creative Writing from Cal State University, Long Beach, taught American literature, and wandered from Montana to the Middle East. Now he casts his lines out upon the world’s turbulent waters and far shores in The Copperfield Review, Counterexample Poetics, The Centrifugal Eye, Moria, Wild Violet, Oak Bend Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, etc. “The Faces of Stone,” based on his time in the Middle East, appeared in The Danforth Review and Danse Macabre. A book of his poetry, Dark Energy, was published in 2009 by Diminuendo Press. Daniel lives with a second volume of poems Psalms, Yawps, and Howls, a speculative novel, The Feeling of the Earth, and his wife on the central coast of California–not in that order;-). His website is: psalmsyawpshowls.com.

Editor’s note: “Live Branch Reach” is reprinted here. It first appeared in Western Friend Print Magazine 2008.

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