There are no footholds here only endings
collapsed or docked within red river bed
rouge water took all but the farthest planks
the current split in that old wood crossing

destruction renames landscape trigger came
when the water cut right down the middle
the red river oozed closed the bridge’s gap
as if saying nothing to speak of here

all these attempts to keep the river shut
make me question fence off the damage done
and make my fingers pick the padlock’s stitch
the current upturns spitting itself back

must I open determined must I face
each clodded mouth hidden inside its gape