Carole is the author of four books of poetry and a collection of short stories. Her most recent book,Church of the Exquisite Panic: The Ophelia Poems, was nominated for the Atlantic Poetry Prize in 2013.
Carole Glasser Langille
When the dam fails
a chill message surges
into sealed houses, an oily mess
mounts stairs. When the dam fails,
ceilings collapse, beds are swept away.
Family rooms transform
to underwater caves. Though there isn't
any water. Force, stronger than flood,
slams walls. This is the land
of unspoken anger
when forgiveness comes too quickly
and will not last.