The Ditch Around the Edge of the Garden

The earth turned inside out. The earth scarred
by shovel-blade, by hoe-edge.

Like any of us, water seeks the easiest path to the river—

as the moon knifes across the sky
we are frost-wary, rain-hungry,

We are moat-diggers, barefoot-dancers.


Amorak Huey, a former newspaper editor and reporter, is author of the poetry collectionHa Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015) and the chapbooks The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl, 2014) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road(Porkbelly, forthcoming in 2016). He teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2012The Southern Review,The CollagistNinth LetterOxford AmericanThe Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere.