The World as a Narrative of the World

The story begins by the river
just north of the city. It is the city
where the author was born, and the river
is the river of his youth.

From the river there comes a plot
about the violence that man will commit
against man. There comes a theme
of latent misogyny, of colonialism,

of a hatred inherent
in the concept of human consciousness.

From the river there comes
no resolution. It goes on and on
and on. In the absence of finality
the author bids you find solace.

Eric Delp is a poet from Harrisburg, PA, and an MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi.