in water blue

flying above it

as the wing sheers off

Adams and St. Helens in a fantastical


it is a snake, a continuum

an elegant woman

cutting through the immensity

of green, a blue cut-

the artery of itself

pumping language.

there is not an ounce of fatigue

within her, she

bounces through

rock as

a product

of her gash through claystone .

…and what is gorge?

1. A deep narrow passage with steep rocky sides; a ravine.

2. A narrow entrance into the outwork of a fortification.

3. The throat; the gullet: The gory sight made my gorge rise.

4. The crop of a hawk.

5. An instance of gluttonous eating.

6. The contents of the stomach; something swallowed.

7. A mass obstructing a narrow passage: a shipping lane blocked by an ice gorge.

8. The seam on the front of a coat or jacket where the lapel and the collar are joined.

and so it is many things,

and within its particulars

dwells an entrance, an exit-

a loop of tangled limbs.

suture is

to thread and heal-

this is what we know, to be and done

again, the water as thread, blue, thread

through itself, joining, eating the earth

into sand.

August 2010, Colombia Gorge flying into Portland, Oregon

darrin daniel


One thought on “in water blue

  1. Very nicely done with several interesting elements. I like how you place the definition of gorge in the poem. And the point at which you do it is well done. It’s a nice image you bring up at the beginning of the poem flying high above the earth. The contrasts it raises starting out are carried throughout the poem.

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