The redeemer comes a dark way. Theodore Roethke, “The Shape of the Fire”
I follow you as you follow the one above you.
You take the cliff, the trees, the deer on your wings.
I am behind you watching the ground over which we fly.
If you go without me, leave a study guide of the land you take—
the rock pillars— the pines— a summary of love and what it is and
how it lifts what cannot be carried.
Diane Glancy is professor emerita at Macalester College. Currently, she teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Carlow University in Pittsburgh. Her 2019 poetry books are “It Was Over There by That Place,” the Atlas Chapbook Series, and “The Book of Bearings,” Wipf & Stock. In 2020, Turtle Point Press published “Island of the Innocent, a Consideration of the Book of Job.” Her awards and other books are on her website www.dianeglancy.com