The world is awash in gray,

the lake

a clay slab 

that has eaten the sky.

Or perhaps the sky has drunk 

fully of the lake–

the point being 

that neither seems willing

to give the other up

and I do not know

whether to swim

or fly

or simply give way 

to winter.


Guy Thorvaldsen’s poetry has appeared in Zone 3, Verse Wisconsin, Forge, Alembic, Magma 69 (London), Poet Lore and Home (an anthology). His first book of poetry, Going to Miss Myself When I’m Gone, was published in 2017 by Kelsay Books.