Driving across Indiana on another early
morning in winter, we easily see, through lines
of trees now bare and still brightened
by moonlight, tar-black waters of the Wabash
slowly flowing between snow-covered
banks, its cold current coming from somewhere
far off, toward those old coal-filled boats
floating among folds of the Ohio River Valley.
Here, where our winding back road
parallels this tributary, curving around mounds
of higher ground, we know we will
follow that river drift twisting into distant land.
Edward Byrne is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently Tinted Distances (Turning Point Books, 2011). He has also edited two anthologies of poetry, including Poetry from Paradise Valley (Pecan Grove Press, 2010). His poetry has appeared widely in literary journals, such as American Poetry Review, American Literary Review, American Scholar, Missouri Review, and many others. He is a professor in the English Department at Valparaiso University, where he edits Valparaiso Poetry Review and co-edits Valparaiso Fiction Review.
Indiana Humanities is posting a poem a day from Indiana poets in celebration of National Poetry Month.