Rebecca Wolff

Dark Roads


In a continuing
for now
by hand
with just the sounds
it is truly
a dangerous mission
tragic and heroic
lone traveler

Overall, the sounds
pertain—more importantly

the sound
and all is not quiet today
on these dark roads
just one extra face
and cloaked
and not saying anything
on foot—importantly—
hand follows foot
this time.

What you see here, above
the blackened trees
their tall spiny future
are the annals of a dark
blue inadequate

This way I say
"You made it through"

a seemingly narrow passage

Only I

for years and years

and now
is it not disturbing

to ask a question
against a book
with quiet footfall
with hooded





Rebecca Wolff is the author of three books of poems, most recently The King (W. W. Norton, 2009). She is at work on a novel called The Beginners. The founding editor and publisher of Fence and Fence Books, she lives in Athens, New York with her family and is a fellow of the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany.


Programs Director, 1999-2000

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Poem © copyright by Rebecca Wolff. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

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