A Journal of Poetry and Kindred Prose

Mark Thalman

received his MFA from the University of Oregon and teaches English in the public schools. His book Catching the Limit will be published in 2008 by Bedbug Press as part of their Northwest Poetry Series.

His work has appeared in Carolina Quarterly, CutBank, Many Mountains Moving, Natural Bridge, and The Pedestal Magazine, among others. He lives in Forest Grove, Oregon,with his wife and the two golden retrievers pictured above, Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie.

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Hiking the Wilson River Trail

A mossy log, pointing downhill, drips
minute drops stored from the last storm

while far below, the river runs clear,
flowing along a mosaic of boulders,

hitting the side of an outcrop,
releasing foam and spray,

then smoothing out for a stretch
before rolling into rapids, frothing white . . .

The forest is a huge heart pumping back to the sea.
After bypass surgery, I could only take small steps.

Sun playing through the canopy,
my surgeon’s voice comes back to me,

“Keep moving.”