Where the River Bends

by Ryan Bayless

Things collide—
rocks with trees,
an old bedspring with bones.
Sometimes a lantern
mingles with a wheel,
or a bird’s nest,
or a miner’s cup
becomes tangled in the clothes line
around branches and boards
on the sunny side of the bank
where wildflowers grow
tall as men.

Ryan Bayless lives in Austin, Texas, and teaches writing and fine arts courses at Texas State University and Texas A&M-Central Texas. His work has recently appeared in Alba and Front Porch.

Back to Issue Eight: Summer 2010