I Go Down to the River
After making love with a woman
for the first time ever,
I go down to the river where I grew up
and touch it, for the first time ever,
dipping my fingers in the chill East River,
tasting salt from the sea,
as boat-waves flow toward me,
washing over my ankles,
as black-tipped seagulls circle my head.
Laura Davies Foley is the author of three poetry collections, The Glass Tree, Syringa and Mapping the Fourth Dimension. The Glass Tree won the Foreword Book of the Year Award, Silver, and is a Finalist for the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Outstanding Book of Poetry 2013. Her new manuscript, Night Ringing, was a Finalist for the 2013 Autumn House Poetry Prize. A volunteer chaplain and creative arts facilitator in hospitals, she divides her time between Pomfret, Vermont and Cornish, New Hampshire with her partner Clara Gimenez and their three dogs.