TAR
THE GIRL AND THE HILL

This is the year
the bodiless balladmonger
will make her ascent
up the hill called Saraboche,
on the trail
where there exists
no history of gymnastics,
no syrupy resistance
half-whispered
in a carpeted basement.

This is the year
she will move as she is,
lighted by broken autumns,
painted by the drifts,
where there are no daughters
of the American Revolution,
no converts, no lessons,
no wounded animals,
not even distant obsessions
crowned from her February.


Daniel Bowman
DANIEL BOWMAN is a native of the Mohawk Valley (a setting he explores in much of his writing), but has lived in the North Country (Gouverneur) for about a year now. He is an English teacher at Indian River Central School. His poetry has appeared in Seneca Review and The Bitter Oleander.