November 19, 2012: The Circle


Only this is known:

he’d spent the summer floating

along the Tanana River to the Yukon,

singing old sea shanties to the Gold Rush clouds.


He’d flown past the Arctic Circle

and paddled west along the Kobuk

toward the thin ice of early winter

where people disappear.



Only this was found:

Through rime over rocks through

spruce trees north of Ulaneak Creek,

flyers and troopers and trackers all saw it.


A circle in the sand —

as empty as the hole he might have left

if he flew his canoe into the sky

and decided not to come down.



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