Queen's Quarterly

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Richard Luftig

Whatever boats are left
moored to shore have now
been reduced to flinders,

splinters, fragments.
A quarter mile away, water
mixed with silt has reached

downtown shops, climbing
steps, slapping the faces
of front doors and windows.

Streets are all gone to a gumbo
of mud that sticks to boots
as folks try to shovel the stew.

People with homes that back
up to the river now look
at cutaway yards suddenly

foreshortened and wish
again that they could afford
the damned ....

* poem, in its entirety, is available in the printed version of the current issue.


Richard Luftig is a professor emeritus of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio who now resides in California. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and his poetry collection A Grammar for Snow has been published by Unsolicited Press (see richardluftig.com).