Tangerine negative

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tangerine-negative

During the summer of 2006, I took this photo and was inspired to write many poems (including this one) while on a 21 day backcountry outing as a Montana Conservation Corps crew member, working long days blazing miles of new pack trails in the Scapegoat Wilderness outside Lincoln, Montana. Our crew, which we affectionately named Gang Green, trekked 25 miles into the middle of pristine, sub-alpine (~7,000 feet) forest and were totally disconnected from the outside world. This was a richly therapeutic and refreshing experience where you are at the mercy of nature, rising with the sun and going to bed with the sun, bathing with the mosquitoes in the creek, washing clothes in your hardhat, drinking cold mountain water and cooking vittles over fires under a crisp canopy of stars. This is the path of least resistance for me…it makes you work, but you are so much more alive…

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Anchored to the earth

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[gallery type="rectangular" ids="21421,21422"] Metallic hummingbirds aflutter in the sky – levitating in their heavy state – shadows anchored to the earth.

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In my element

In the
silent
morning
hours –
before
the world
wakes –
light
passes
thru the
blinds –
& dances
on our
face.

Kindred
spirits –
bound
by our
convictions –
free to
speak our
peace.

Stars stake claim
to the night sky –
a billion gold strikes
boom & bust –
in the blink of
an eye.

I am a
mirror that
shatters –
shards
reflecting
& refracting
a million mes –
each piece
taking a
stab at
imperfection.

To find our faults
& face our fears –
To make a name
& claim our fame –
To live & die
and know why
we’re here.

Thunder
rumbles
overhead –
anvil clouds
drop their
tonnage –
giant
hail pelts
the earth –
I inhale
the heavy
air.

In the
midst
of a
storm –
between
sheets of
rain –
I dissolve
where I
stand.

Put
your
ear
to
the
earth –
drown
out
the
drone
of
society –
hear
only
the
grass
grow
& worms
shuffle.

My mind
melds with
the moment –
I am an
inseparable
component –
pure & true
in my element.

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Green tongues

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[gallery type="rectangular" ids="21413,21414,21415,21416"] Cottonwoods wave to me with their droopy, dog-eared leaves – green tongues flapping in the sweet Summer breeze.

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Sky rockets

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Sky rocketsTrunks
cheer
skyward,
limbs lift off,
needles inch
out to scratch
the lunar 
surface.

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Summer’s Keep

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Summer's KeepStratified castle
with gilded gray stone
towering above
an open meadow.
Floral carpet
& granite facade
graced by the sun’s
radiance,
its warm rays
chiseling
white glaciers,
ice cold water
cascading
downward
to refresh
moat-like
aquifers.
Mountain goats
tip-toing bastion
to bastion,
covering blind
spots along
the curtain wall,
as summer
defends itself
against the
coming autumn.

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Oyster Mushrooms

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