Upshot - Roberta Senechal de la Roche

The wind that takes the barley down
and all else that dares to rise
also touches those who know
all the bending that goes on unseen
behind and around us, and what can fly
well-fletched and sudden.

After all is said and done,
after counting our steps to the edge,
after archers everywhere slack their bows,
then but only then might we embrace
the weathering spite of time
and come indeed to love the night.

Roberta Senechal de la Roche teaches at Washington and Lee University and lives in the woods near Free Union, Virginia. Her poems have appeared in such venues as the Montreal International Longlist, Literary Juice, Still: The Journal, Big River Review, and Colorado Review.  She is finishing a volume of poems called Going Fast.