PoetryIssue 07 | November 2009

Touring Shenandoah with My Husband

by Bridget Gage-Dixon

He skirts the precipice near Thornton Gap as if the stone
might whisper some small wisdom into his ear,
as if the Appalachians rising around us,
speak through the blooms of berry.

Does this shale hold secrets for those brave enough
to bear the height? If so, they will not confide in me,
I keep my arms stiff around the bristled bark
of an oak grown into the steep slope.

I cannot loose myself from the maelstrom inside,
a willing Persephone, I long for the cool caverns,
the descent into terra firma, to slip
into the dark innards of the earth,

to hear the low groan of stalagmites, bones
building themselves slowly from the earth’s fractures,
he says he feels buried there, that the dark twisting
of hollowed stone confines him. 

Here at the gap, I cling stubbornly to soil,
as he leans into the wind.

About the author

Bridget Gage-Dixon is a frustrated traveler who longs to explore more but is limited by lack of funds. Four years ago she made a New Year’s resolution to see a new place every year. Thus far she has been to Baltimore, Camden, Cooperstown,  Las Vegas, and Shenandoah National Park.

Read our current issue:


Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok