The Invention of Glass
Mercury in the belly of the lighthouse
walks light over the winter waves.
The landscape turns on its own slow greys.
This is the kettle lake where the wolf
stared down at the calf that fell through
the ice and froze. These are the pebbles
of its blue eyes turning to the right and
to the left. Long after, and so long before
the invention of glass to cover our windows.
CHAD CAMPBELL is the author of the award-nominated collection of poetry, Laws & Locks, published in 2015 by Signal Editions. His second collection, The Night Field, is forthcoming in Spring 2021.