Year after year of snow's
Melting and plunging toward ocean -
It swims deep
And deeper, as I cast, and casts
Into depths, among shadows, a shadow I
See always and
Always downstream from
My long and longer - as the day
Grows shorter - own.
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"Long and Longer" from Rainbows of Stone. Copyright © 2000 by Ralph Salisbury. Reprinted by permission of the author.