Edge of Water, Nimrod Falls, Montana

  1. Bareness in greater proportions, bare
  2. in the pairing, the slow man and his son;
  3. that estimation, too, the boy steps ahead of. Behind,
  4. upshore, a study of the swimming hole and his
  5. buttery way down the rocks, rippling dilemma
  6. who, it will be said, must learn to shave,
  7. whose aptitude on his own pertains. If uncircumcised, sorry
  8. and self-innocent, example. For feet, the wet white dumplings
  9. manage for now the body weight. Then, immersion, then
  10. a shallow paddle he picked up somewhere.
  11. No place is dangerous. The situation arrives
  12. as we do. Dad, when he wants someone
  13. to give attention; Butthole, he calls back to the bank
  14. to chide what he contrives is caution, when
  15. contrivance suffices; Baby. The man stands dry.
  16. The boy remarks the cooler water in the cove.
  17. There and back, imitation bats, cliff swallows
  18. hector the falls and the sulfur air and recur
  19. to the limestone, a thousand-chambered console.