Clocking A Win

At Henley

At the start
the stopwatch
failed.  The rowers
shot, full-throttle!,
from the line, their oars
ripping the silk of the river, the fine
smooth sheet of it
a rumpled mess in their wake,
that closed smooth, again,
one they had passed.

They had disturbed the river’s sleep,
the river dreaming beyond time,
where starting and stopping are not.

Philip Kuepper
(15 September 2015)

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