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Walking on the Roof
St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana


My son & I walk on the roof of the library
on a pebble path along the perimeter,


the way so narrow, we have to go in single file,
straight ahead, then right, then right again.

Grass & weeds grow wildly within,
wet from the recent rain that rinsed away

this July day’s horizontal heat.
Like a labyrinth, the trail insists

on being followed, though we expect
no great reward or revelation,

though we know nothing will greet us
at the end except some sense of completion,

or solace, if we’re lucky.
As we go along, the words of a monk,

whom I passed by at last night’s
wine & cheese reception,

rise up to meet me,
posing once again his question:

If you dive into a pool with no water, you just turn
around & walk back onto the board, right?

I consider the many books below, how many letters
of saints or words of poetry

by Virgil or Dante or Milton may reverberate
between the walls & emerge like worms

through the soil somehow fertile & contained.
Here, it’s not possible to change

direction without breaking stride,
without breaking a sort of vow to finish

what we started. So I lead. My son follows.


Julie L. Moore is the author of Particular Scandals, published in The Poiema Poetry Series by Cascade Books. Her other books include Slipping Out of Bloom and Election Day. A Best of the Net and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Moore has had her poetry published in Alaska Quarterly ReviewImageNimrod, Poetry Daily, The Southern Review, and Verse Daily. Her work also has appeared in several anthologies, including Becoming: What Makes a Woman, published by University of Nebraska Press, and Every River On Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio, published by Ohio University PressYou can learn more about her work at julielmoore.com.

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