When Grimsvötn’s eruption wiped 

out a steel bridge, floodwater bending 

the massive beams like origami,


the rusted surface resembled a plane’s 

wing cut deep into the earth. Land 

was made indistinguishable from sky,


the ash so thick, locals could not tell

day from night. They became like us, 

sleepwalkers wandering a widening road.

Cassidy McFadzean is the author of Hacker Packer (McClelland & Stewart, 2015), winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards and shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Cassidy graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2015 and is currently at work on a second collection of poetry.