I drink water. I make water. I am a cloud in the flesh,
a river eddied in my heart,
I speak words and wish they were rain,
and every day I wake to trade the liquid behind my eyes
for a chance to see past the surfaces of lakes.
There is humidity in my blood,
storms coming in my cells.
Each week is an accumulation and a loss,
so much time like so much water over a dam,
standing next to deep current thinking
that I could hold a cupped hand of water to my
ear and someday, if I had my mind right,
it would tell me what it knows.
Michael Delp is a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction whose works have appeared in numerous national publications. He is the author of the following five books from Wayne State University Press – Over the Graves of Horses (1989), Under the Influence of Water (1992), The Coast of Nowhere (1997), The Last Good Water (2003), and As If We Were Prey (2010) in addition to six chapbooks of poetry and being the co-editor of the Made In Michigan book series from Wayne State University Press. He taught creative writing at the Interlochen Arts Academy, has twice been the winner of the Passages North/NEH Poetry Competition, and has won a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award.