Carmen Eichman is Assistant Professor of English at Danville Community College
Danville, VA Her poems have appeared in Spring Board Journal, Subtle Tea, Borderline,
A Little Poetry, All Things Girl, and Dan River Review. Her short Story: 'The Door To The
Cage', featured in Dan River Review in Spring 2006. She has also written a
novel, When The Ugly Comes.
Solid Ground Still Far Away
Woolf floated; rock heavy pockets;
heard her through the dusk waters
as echoes slipped into soft silt.
Tried so hard to pass through
that Walden pond as
they said to pray and to pray harder
when feelings would not come for him;
ice locked tight below
lantern of opaque light,
Water turned eyes
whitish blue that waited
and blinked in the long quiet
And then an ax slammed through,
lifting a limp form,
though solid ground was still yet far away.