The Buried Hatchet

poisons the soil / beside the river

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
Jason Guriel is the author of The Full-Moon Whaling Chronicles, On Browsing, Forgotten Work, and other books. His writing appears in The Atlantic, Air Mail, The Walrus, and other magazines. He lives in Toronto.