When Grimsvötn’s eruption wiped
out a steel bridge, floodwater bending
the massive beams like origami,
the rusted surface resembled a plane’s
wing cut deep into the earth. Land
was made indistinguishable from sky,
the ash so thick, locals could not tell
day from night. They became like us,
sleepwalkers wandering a widening road.
Published online August 29 2017.
Cassidy McFadzean is the author of Hacker Packer (McClelland & Stewart, 2015), winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards and shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Cassidy graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2015 and is currently at work on a second collection of poetry.