Switched-on Gutenberg Issue 20
December Flood
The murky river surrounds
the town’s lonely Christmas tree,
its lights still ablaze

on the peninsula in the park,
which is now an island,
but soon will be submerged.

The flood invades the trees
with brilliant water, but leaves
dark sludge behind, where

hundreds of dying fish flash
silver on black banks and golden
flowers will grow in spring.

Copyright 2014,  Kendall Dunkelberg

Kendall Dunkelberg directs the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium at Mississippi University for Women, where he also directs and teaches in the creative writing program. When not writing poetry, he enjoys reading world literature and mythology. He has published poems recently in Town Creek Poetry, The Cape Rock, Poetry South, and China Grove.

Background Photo: Copyright 2014,  Sarah B. Lamm

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