COWBOY TALK

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We start with trails
that haven’t changed
near the top of the world—

                    switchbacks stacked
                    in scree
                    to gaps between
                    bare peaks like teeth
                    above the timberline
                    chewing at the blue,
                    blue sky

and the solitude

                    waiting in ambush
                    to welcome you home
                    to rainbow trout
                    now spawning,

                    green backs packed
                    in the leak
                    of a snowmelt lake
                    where white clouds
                    float upon water.

                    Alone in the smear
                    of starlight falling
                    upon solid rock,
                    it glows
                    like a lantern.

We start with trails
we know
how to get there.

                                        for Lee and Earl

 

6 responses to “COWBOY TALK

  1. Your words paint a picture that takes me to the solitude of the wilderness! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  2. Gorgeous photo, and beautiful words to take us right there.
    Merry Christmas!

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  3. Such vivid imagery! Peaceful and quiet – like a holy night. Merry Christmas, John.

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