Imagine yourself in words
thick as a downpour in early June
with you soaked to the bone,
wet with wonder, watching the roads
become, for a moment, rivers,
streams, mothers of gray light
and green leaves bearing the dirt
of spring away. You become a short verse
of rhymes slant as sunbeams
that cut through the deluge,
and make a little cage
of syllables and light. Your dreams
hide in this space just above the flood
of rain and language and mud.
Joseph Heithaus is chair of the English Department at DePauw University. He recently co-wrote Rivers, Rails, and Runways (San Francisco Bay Press, 2008) with the so-called "Air Poets," Indiana poets who have had the great fortune to have their poems etched into the glass murals of artist Martin Donlin at the new Indianapolis International Airport. Joe's poems have appeared in a number of journals including New York Quarterly, The Southern Review, and Poetry.