Standing at the edge is the great Multitude.
They inch forward in their rags and hunger.
Their movement along the ground lifts
the sound of ancestral migrations.
They are carrying the dark water of need
in their eyes; they are carrying the first
Ellen Hinsey is the author of Update on the Descent (Notre Dame University Press, 2009), The White Fire of Time (Wesleyan University Press, 2002), and Cities of Memory (Yale University Press, 1996). Her honors include a Lannan Foundation Award and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, among others. She teaches at Skidmore College’s Paris program.