- What We Say to the Water
What We Say to the Water
For Laura Nelson, raped and hanged May 25, 1911
Be still. No further.Apologize to no one.
If the water says stay,then stay. Wither to nothing.
Let the shore thirst, redas a wound. If the water says
run, take the fields back,charge the banks, bring back
what they brought you.Answer to no one.
If the water says rain, don’t dignify the ground. [End Page 443]
TJ Jarrett is a writer and software developer in Nashville, Tennessee. Her recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Callaloo, DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Rattle, Third Coast, West Branch and others. Her debut collection Ain’t No Grave will be published with New Issues Press (Western Michigan U). Her second collection Zion, winner of the 2013 Crab Orchard Open Competition, will be published by Southern Illinois UP in Fall 2014.