Drain Tide

The causeway hums with murk and stillness,
snails like warts on the ledge’s black hip.

Dove coo, British soldier lichen —
the fog doesn’t lift, the crows drink it
with their talk.

Maybe the pines get their green now,
I don’t know.
                 There are boats in the gut
I can’t see anymore. Later the man
with the red and white Dodge will come
and dig for steamers. Bent like that

even the clouds will pray to him,
by God, if there are any left by then.

Thorpe Moeckel’s new collection of poetry, Making a Map of the River, will be published this spring. He teaches at Hollins University and works a small farm in western Virginia.