Gathering of the Salt

By Trish Hopkinson


 

Teetering on the shoulders of native lands, gazing into murky remnants of Bonneville blue to the red cliffs and sloping pine skirts of the horizon, progress seems distant, yet imminent, in merciful inversion fissures projecting slices of radiance to valley floors. Rising to touch the wingtips of mountain bluebirds, the margins ascend layers of latter-day yard goods—knitted with iron rods and strings from fallen angels, patriarchy, and stifling—beginning to unravel and shred where hems trail one-hundred-twenty-five years past. At the crease, an early equinox slowly unfolds, welcomes all sides to receive the sun, shake off noxiousness, exhale admissions, smash the champagne against the repaired hull, give every voice a flute full, lick away the salt, let loose the anchor ropes, prepare to embark.

 
 

Trish Hopkinson is a poet, blogger, and advocate for the literary arts. You can find her online at TrishHopkinson.com and provisionally in Utah, where she runs the regional poetry group Rock Canyon Poets and folds poems to fill Poemball machines for Provo Poetry. Hopkinson will happily answer to labels such as atheist, feminist and empty nester. She enjoys traveling, live music, wine-tasting and craft beer.