new poem at Selfies in Ink: caroline crew: pastoral in another river



to whom the river spoke
is the title of every manifesto 
written since 1760
a year I remember as a hillside
unyielding to a violet light
most often draped against me
here the good shepherd unaliened
though full to gulping of stars
and now the virgin continent
little piercing its pastel plain silence
retaining this holding pattern
I am carefully etched to quiet