West from Richmond
Neither the wind joined by a sliver of smoke
along a miracle of broken rocks and forests
nor the promiscuous waters spent into two rivers
running through ancient Warwick Fault
where water like great ears listening
can hear new threats to their lands.
Voices voices voices from ledges and hills
stunned into silent unbelieving
understand the water’s knowing
as slowly the land shares the water’s knowing
& humans too begin to understand
their lives now are altered forever.
Jean Tandy of Richmond, NH