Stone Man Standing

dam bridge

by Hunter MacKenzie

He arrived uninvited
but not unannounced:
thunder and lightning
the omens of the flood
that came and left him
stranded on the bank
like so much driftwood.

He will never learn to swim,
preferring instead to
ride the current.
Waiving his birthright,
he will (foolishly)
apprentice himself to engineers,
masters of the art of
building bridges.

He will become adept at
designing dams
and holding back the river:
just another fool heretic
screaming to be let go
when their chains could
never hold him
anyway.

© Copyright 2004 by Hunter MacKenzie. Republished 2013, 2015.

Photo via MorgueFile.

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