Pipeline Rapids Walkway

Pipe-walking alongside
the raging James River
            thriving with herons, I rediscover
love
and our graffiti, reading
            James, is that you I smell?
across the canal.
            There is nothing unheroic
about you or your bridge,
            threading water along the margins.

Graduates sunbathe on rocks upstream,
knowing you exist more for us
            than Hart Crane’s Brooklyn,
still looking for buyers.

M. N. O’Brien received his B.A. from Roanoke College, where his work was published in On Concept’s Edge and received the Charles C. Wise Poetry Award. He currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia, and feels awkward writing about himself in the third person. His recent work has appeared in Quatrain.Fish, SOFTBLOW, and the Ekphrasis Review.

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One Response to Pipeline Rapids Walkway

  1. An excellent glimpse at life.

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