Saturday, July 10, 2010

through pines

standing on a path in northern alberta
the thick forest of birch and poplar and saskatoons
all white and fresh green refracting sunlight
gives up its thick understory    gives way
to craggy jack pine trunks    limbs growing
only upward    the forest floor a cushion
of needles and moss    a welcome pathway
to secret places inhabited by wild creatures

in this forest you can see so far
past dark jack pine interruptions
far enough to see a deer escaping
fifty yards away or more
far enough    even     for me to run
without getting lost

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