Academy of American Poets
View Cart | Log In 
Subscribe | More Info 
Find a Poet or Poem
Advanced Search >
Want more poems?
Subscribe to our
Poem-A-Day emails.
Related Poems
Graves We Filled Before the Fire
by Gabrielle Calvocoressi
My Father's Leaving
by Ira Sadoff
The Floating Bridge
by David Shumate
Paradise on Black Ice
by Patrick Donnelly
Sponsor a Poet Page | Add to Notebook | Email to Friend | Print

Scryer's Bridge

by Carol Guess

Thirteen on ice, skating, I died. Boys dragged soft fields with the lifts in their shoes. We'd gone in search of the other, the fat girl. Hurried to drown her past Hurricane Ridge. White snowed on white, ice over feathers. Cutters knit sweaters, buried alive. Our parents wore dog suits and panted through breakfast. Once she was me. We'd burned her last spring. Girls crocheted scarves, feigned a rope bridge from fringe. Rescue, blue scissors slitting black ice. Blades etched fine nets on the upside-down lake. My choice was speech or a taffeta skirt.

Copyright 2011 by Carol Guess. Used with permission of the author.
Larger TypeLarger Type | Home | Help | Contact Us | Privacy Policy Copyright © 1997 - 2014 by Academy of American Poets.