by Rosemarie Horvath Iwasa

Tinker’s Creek gouged a path
through the low hills of an escarpment
of the Appalachian Mountains,
in Northern Ohio.

The water cuts through beds of shale,
leaving cleaved plates along the banks
like disorderly stacked sheets of paper.

The shallow flow over Bridal Veil Falls
is clear enough to see eroded boulders
under the stream.

Wind plays the fine boughs of Hemlock
as water splashes into the gorge, I walk
along in awe.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I love walking this trail in our metro parks system.  I feel so connected to the beauty of the setting and every time I am there I ask myself what keeps me from being there every week.

IMAGE: “Tinker’s Creek” (Ohio State Park) by Rosemarie Horvath Iwasa.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosemarie Horvath Iwasa was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she also lived in Washington, D.C., Naperville, Illinois, and Sunnyvale, California. In 1972, she married a businessman from Japan, had two children, and was divorced in 1982. She finished work on a B.A. in art at San Jose State University and graduated in 1982. Her work has appeared in Di-verse City, the anthology of the Austin International Poetry Festival, as well as The Enigmatist and Blue Hole Magazine, out of Georgetown, Texas; Yes Poetry and once in Nothing, No One, Nowhere. She is interested in memoir and writes a blog posting essays and some poems in ponderingalongthemilkyway.