L. Ward Abel
The Light that Travels
On this morning that seeps then pours
into bright halls, through small rooms
woods, over shoals, shallow bays
and floods the seaboard streams
and grasses, expands rocks
at their highest points,
I continue into what unfolds
with its low groans and
scraping and cracks
in a godhead flow
I can only ride
and not divert.
L. Ward Abel’s work has appeared in Rattle, The Reader, The Istanbul Review, The Worcester Review, The Honest Ulsterman, Versal, hundreds of others, and is the author of three full collections and ten chapbooks of poetry, including Jonesing For Byzantium (UKA Press, 2006), American Bruise (Parallel Press, 2012), Little Town gods (Folded Word Press, 2016), A Jerusalem of Ponds (erbacce-Press, 2016), The Rainflock Sings Again (Unsolicited Press, 2019), Floodlit (Beakful, 2019), and The Width of Here (Silver Bow, 2021).