October slips away from the sun
sliding south down the ridgeline
after a quick rain clears
               the air,
settles summer’s dust,
erases tracks
               for a day:

                              another beginning
                              to another adventure—
                              nearly 25,000 now.

No calls from beyond
Sulphur Peak:
                              old friend
to generations waking
from dreams and restless sleep.

On top in the brush
a 2” x 2” surveyor’s pole,
a Challenge Butter buck
               not quite in rut.
Spring poppy overlay of gold
winter cap of snow—
               never naked,
always changing clothes.



Weekly Photo Challenge: “(Extra)ordinary”


2 responses to “DAWN ON THE MOUNTAIN

  1. Peter Notehelfer

    Beautifully written . . . Your counting the days, the washed out tracks, the ubiquitous poppies, personifying the mountain . . . Magnificent!

    Liked by 1 person

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