As your dory nears the steep falls
your long journey edges towards an old song
that tells of a broken, then healed life.
Any breath, now, the song will come to you
before the dory plunges into the final clarity
beyond the bog holes of speech.
And only now do you see: the song has no name.
The word Love is already taken.
And there is no other that will do. Especially at the end.
Mike Dillon lives in Indianola, Washington, a small town on Puget Sound northwest of Seattle. His most recent book is a chapbook, "The Return," from Finishing Line Press (March 2021). He is a previous contributor to Shot Glass Journal.