The river knows my perfidy.
I give it up
and the river takes it to the sea.
The river does not lie,
nor does it dither or die. The river.
Corey Mesler has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, Good Poems, American Places, and Narrative 4. He has published 9 novels, 4 short story collections, and 5 full-length poetry collections. His novel, Robert Walker, is just out from Livingston Press. He’s been nominated for the Pushcart many times, and 2 of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. With his wife he runs a 140-year-old bookstore in Memphis. He can be found at https://coreymesler.wordpress.com.