Past the river this evening

December 31, 2018


by Eric James Cruz 



Past the river this evening,


                in the shaken months of summer,

   where jays buzz long-shadowed in the trees.

   We climb to wind for a quiet place—

                 It is no secret to the hundreds of walkers

   who spend breath here—

                  over stone and rot from Spring’s        blossoms

   to the one trail I know even when its               dark.


           along this road of                        dust and stars,

my skin is warm.

           Now and then                                             I find you

   stooping, like the flowers winter craves,

           stopping by a mossy log        or damp patch of mud

   to rest—

   In these pauses

            fresh air.                                     Everything beyond us

   slips from leaves that are like so many bodies

            in the ground. I try speaking about

   something lost—


                                         --the broken blades of grass.


   Hours later, we begin our ritual,

              stretching muscles

                            darkened in the whispers

of this cadence—

   One. Two.

             Keep pulling.

We are spent, loving

   the near burn of our bodies. The lake, too, now a ghost,

               a poem growing older by light.

Rants of midnight, the coming haze, a desire

   to be home.

And the trees are like thinning beards,

   without the weight of music.







Eric James Cruz is a high school English teacher and poet who lives in San Antonio, Texas.  His most recent work appears or is forthcoming in 8 Poems, Ghost City Review, Carve, and River River Review.  Cruz is currently pursuing his MFA at Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers.  Follow him @encodedmuses on Twitter. 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Featured Posts

The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long and Bends Toward Conflation

April 20, 2020

Please reload

Recent Posts

November 24, 2019

November 24, 2019

Please reload

Please reload

Search By Tags
Please reload

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon

Copyright © 2020 Rhythm & Bones. All Rights Reserved.