Sunday, June 28, 2015

Notes from the West: Lessons Learned

Go into the mountains and find
Dirt and rocks, trees snow and ice.
Find a reality devoid of romance
Find out that your thoughts 
Lead you astray, and this stark world
Cares not at all.

Go into the mountains and see
Yourself dealing with this remorseless place
What comes out? Who are you 
When your mind can no longer shape
Your environment?

Go to the mountains and find
That they hold power like gods
And you are no longer who 
You thought you were, but
Something less.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Notes from the West: Introspection


Drizzly, wet, foggy trail. Cant see too far
Better to look inside.
Adolescent bear rustles in leaves. 
Nothing to do but wait.
Listen to breath, beating, trickling 
Water from Decker spring.
Down through cloudy mind, city streets.
Back at work; chacos, dirt still on toes.
Grit feels better anyway.