The Buried Hatchet

begins to biodegrade
and—in the style
of drums of waste
in shallow if
not porous graves—
poisons the soil
beside the river,
turning to bilge
all of the water
you thought was water
under the bridge.

This appeared in the October 2012 issue.

Jason Guriel (@JasonGuriel) has written for The Atlantic, Flavorwire, and The New Republic. He wrote The Pigheaded Soul: Essays and Reviews on Poetry and Culture.