"Whither Romulus"

Rain falls hard between

here and Macon.

Down low the small me


at the floors above.



All things that go on

without reference to mine

oppose all my claims

throw away

my view


with thunderish shark-eyed

fearless rote they probe

a helpless countryside

where gullies

the backhoe’s subtle gash.


Looming over me over

all of us a captive anvil

roiling now

in night



L. Ward Abel, poet, composer and performer of music, teacher, retired lawyer, lives in rural Georgia, has been published hundreds of times in print and online, including The ReaderIstanbul ReviewVersalYale Angler’s JournalPudding, Indian Review and others, and is the author of one full collection and nine chapbooks, including Jonesing For Byzantium (UK Authors Press, 2006), The Heat of Blooming (Pudding House Press, 2008),  American Bruise (Parallel Press, 2012),  Little Town gods (Folded Word Press, 2016), A Jerusalem of Ponds (erbacce-Press, 2016), and  Digby Roundabout (Kelsay Books, 2017).

L.Ward Abel