On The Indiana Road
Jul. 18, 2010
From my hometown I set out one day
that tempted all crocuses underground.
The Indiana highway was so lightly quiet
and great swaths of corn land lay to drying out.
Farmhouses, seal-like, just wallowed in sunlight
on drafts hawks hovered like amphibian sharks.
I drove on among celebrants in my old, old Chevy.
Sprung. Songful. Just a man expectant as a man could be.
Eamonn Wall lived and studied in Milwaukee from 1982-84 receiving an MA degree in English from UWM. His sixth volume of poetry, Sailing Lake Mareotis (Salmon Publishing) will appear in 2011 as will a volume of literary criticism, Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions (University of Notre Dame Press). He lives in Missouri where he is Smurfit-Stone Corporation Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.