Glimpse of Terrain

One kind of logic is a road cut into the side of a steep, wooded hill.
Its engineering makes travel of several kinds possible.
The road describes itself
(From a train I saw the profile
Of road and hill, the hill without the road
Covered with trees and rocks,
With dirt and leaves and fossil histories,
And the road set out from plan, graded from point to point,
A doubled yellow line curving with it,
Its asphalt smooth and banked efficiently,
Following every degree of the built bed).
It does not describe the hill.

Thomas Bolt

"Glimpse of Terrain" copyright (c) 1989 by Thomas Bolt. All rights reserved.

First published in Out of the Woods, Volume 84 of the Yale Series of Younger Poets, with a foreword by James Merrill; Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1989.

"Glimpse of Terrain" also appears in The Yale Younger Poets Anthology, edited by George Bradley, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998

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