Issue No. 16, Spring 2016

By Way of Water
Lana Highfill

Driving over bridges
should change us, somehow,
make us travelers, sea-faring
lovers crossing waters and time
with suspension and steel.
But we emerge on other sides
unchanged and unbelieving
that we are birds swooping
beneath the waves to feed,
navigating lives by the direction
of the current, wandering until
we reach the source of the flow.


Lana Highfill is an MFA student at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. She writes poetry and short fiction in Southern Indiana, where she is an English professor. Her interests include live music, comic books, and sci-fi. You will often find her at a convention, cosplaying as her favorite character from Doctor Who. She has been published in Nota Bene, Phi Theta Kappa’s honors anthology, and is currently working on her first manuscript.