Confluence by Elizabeth Onusko

From the edge
of the bare woods

I noticed a glittering
where two streams met
forming a river

I walked to its bank

The air
was cooler there less
complicated somehow

and the currents
spoke of nothing
but time’s
sufficient abundance

Had I thought
to doubt the possibility
of seeing him again

I would have chosen
not to believe myself

Elizabeth Onusko is the author of Portrait of the Future with Trapdoor (Red Paint Hill, 2016). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bennington Review, Best New Poets 2015, Conduit, Poetry Northwest, Sixth Finch, Fugue, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. She is the editor of Foundry and assistant editor of inter|rupture. Her website is