Above, Then into the Current

We avoid traps, the jagged rocks
in order to avoid being snapped and bitten and torn.

We accept being snapped and bitten in traps
in order to accept reality

which is (partly oh partly)
to accept the experience of being snapped and bitten.

Or do we avoid the traps
in order to avoid experience at all?

Which is to accept a single trepid experience
as though there were no other.

Which is to accept no Other:

Like the graceful Other of the prow of a boat:
canoe, sailboat, rowboat, dragon ship.

What other form so descends
from a history (unwritten—

controlled only in experience
and memory—experience experienced)

that ascends from form to the same form—
the composition of function and form.

Never static. Never quite changing.
Like the soul. The molecular constancy of water

made to glow in rippled wakes
behind a grace of controlled interference.

Richard Fenton Sederstrom was raised and lives in the North Woods of Minnesota and the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. He is the author of five books of poetry, notably Disordinary Light, and most recently Eumaeus Tends, based on the few lines of The Odyssey that are axial to our understanding of the power and complexities of love. A new book, a new experiment, Selenity Book Four appeared in February, 2017. Read other articles by Richard Fenton.