I composed this hymn in late spring and early summer, on the banks of the Cache la Poudre River, as it runs through Fort Collins, Colorado. It was written in a notebook, which unfolds as a paginated scroll. I immersed myself in the riparian system and opened. Line upon line, I listened—through the far right, then far left, margin, until the lines ceased—to the river. Two primary and myriad currents are woven, carrying merging strata of reflections, parting. The melodies within each animate the hymn’s form. The toneless song within the broken, fluid reflections of swallows and cottonwood trees.
Rico Moore is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA program in poetry. Poems appear in The Cultural Society, Eccolinguistics, Moria, Otoliths, and are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.