13 Ways Of Looking At The Mountains
<I>homage to Wallace Stevens<I/>
I - My Focus pistoned up the rise
and all at once, the Rockies -
silhouettes against the western skies.
II - On the road to Boulder
a pleated ridge crawls north
like a blue whale bound for the open sea.
III - The intoxicating verdure of Appalachia
never fails to induce
a certain mellowing of the spirit.
IV - You 'conquered' my North Face, did you,
Why, I should freeze your arrogant ass
like a holiday lamb culled for the sacrifice.
V- Lewis and Clark looked west
stunned by the Bitterroots' frigid expanse.
Farewell <I>Northwest Passage! </I>
VI - Pueblos stranded on Enchanted Mesa
their rock stairs crumbled to the valley floor.
Should they dive to their death or starve?
VII –<I>Touristas</I> at Big Bend Park
wonder at its pastel window.
it's romantic haze a toxic gift
from stacks across the Rio Grande.
VIII – The humble old Ozark mountains
dwarfed by the youthful Rockies.
Listen up, youngsters, your time will come!
IX – We de-bussed to seize the dolomites
with our hyper-kinetic shutters.
I paused for a draught of Italian air,
and felt the whack of an impish snowball.
X - Before Oregon's crater had its lake,
the mountain scorched the village below.
Today azure waters preach only serenity.
XI – Look east from Shissler peak
to the golden meadow
where the elk herd calmly grazes.
XII – Do mists veil the Blue Ridge Mountains
or are there really no mountains at all -
only clouds decked out in mountain attire?
XIII – It's said that peaks taller than Everest
soar up from the ocean floor.
So let's go scale the sunken heights!
They say the water winds are fair today.
<I>May 28, 2010 – Boulder Colorado</I>