Piegan Pass

There was the day
Eating chocolate
On a lichened rock
After rain sheets
Rinsed the others
Hooded down and
One man said
There is always
Another day but
I nestled up into
A pine copse till
Rain sloughed off
And sun like god
Lit the dented pass
Vapor capping
The southern peak
Boots to moss
A lake like dew
Eye-dropped into
The foot of the wall
Which hit clear sky
With stone teeth
Land sinking away
From the rock I sat
Like a saddled horse
And chewed and saw
The earth a closed eye
To the hairline roads
Tracing patterns
Saw my mother and
My brother in the Sub
Down at the trailhead
Unchanged from when
I left but I up by rocks
In olive puffy coat
Have eaten chocolate
Have seen the earth
Have stung with rain
Will keen for this pass
When poured away
From its high trough

Ellie Snyder is an honors student of English and Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, fiction reader for Sonora Review, and Editorial Intern with UA Press.

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