“Tell Us a Secret”

When night’s aloft and the sky’s
torn up,

someone’s brother
has to journey.

Half to, half from, half
doesn’t matter

as long as the myths aren’t skipped:
the gold cup, the hovering

firebird, the path
to the lake.

This is lightning,
and it wants a story.

This is summer, and it wants
more wine.

One time, I was the brother they sent;
that part isn’t secret.

The storm took the shape of a woman.
That’s the part that is.





carneyphotoRob Carney is the author of four previous books of poems, most recently 88 Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2015), which was named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, as well as the forthcoming collection The Book of Sharks (Black Lawrence Press). In 2014 he received the Robinson Jeffers/Tor House Foundation Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Columbia Journal, and many others, and he writes a regularly featured series called “Old Roads, New Stories” for Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments. He lives in Salt Lake City.