Three Woodland Amulets (poems): On a Sierra Club Hike

Happy Jack, Wyoming

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Three Woodland Amulets

Hiking in Happy Jack woods

woods of resplendent aspen

aspen with gold-tinged leaves

tinged leaves fluttering in air

in air bracing and cool

cool and invigorating to the soul

hiking in Happy Jack woods.

On that morning, bright and clear

bright and clear was my mind

my mind took in Shadow Mountain

Shadow Mountain rose above a lake

a lake that reflected dense forests

dense forests coated the rising hill

the rising hill had a winding trail

the winding trail was my objective

my objective seemed so clear that day

that day, alas, proved to be challenging

challenging me beyond my spirit's core

my spirit's core seemed so numbed

so numbed that I could not begin

begin I tried but sat right down

sat right down on the ground below

the ground below held me captive

captive I remained not knowing why

why did I not climb Shadow Mountain?

Shadow Mountain only knows why

on that morning bright and clear.

Yellow quaking aspen flow

flow like waves of frozen fire

fire that warms not the flesh

not the flesh but the spirit

the spirit of one in quest

in quest of wild Nature

wild Nature that rises within

within the person revived by

yellow quaking aspen that flow.

Happy Jack, Wyoming

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Valleypoet 3 years ago

You have made exceptional use of form with these poems...they deserved reading more than once, which I did, and they just got better...voted up and sharing:-))

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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

This makes me want to leave right now, run out of my house and hike up the first hill. Beautifully written with such a nice flow and rhythm.



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juneaukid 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you Valleypoet and ocfireflies I appreciate your comments very much--autumn woods have a magical pull.

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chinesescore 3 years ago from china

An invigorating autumn climate, charming scenery.

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juneaukid 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Invigorating, it was. Thanks chinesescore.

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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

What an incredible form, I love how the rolling over of the words from the following line gives the poem this great momentum that builds and builds. It also gives it a great song quality that makes me think og Woodie Guthrie and the great American Folk artists of the past. Great job, great poem. Also, anything that includes aspen groves is on my list, one of my favorite locations to stop while hiking. Jamie

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juneaukid 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you Jamie, I first discovered the amulet just 3 years ago through the writer Terry Gifford in his book Reconnecting with John Muir.

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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Nature is indeed wonderful, loved the poem, interesting form.

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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I love the form of this poem, very smooth with words from the previous line carried forward to the next.


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juneaukid 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

It is a magical form, thanks Rosemay50

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. Everything here is becoming autumn like too. The Aspen is similar to the birch and all of your birches are slowly beginning to glow in yellow.

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juneaukid 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee--now in the high country the leaves have been carried away with snow storms. But they're still pretty in the lower foothills.

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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

A perfect rendition of the vastness and hold of nature. It is much greater than many give it credit. Beautifully done, for I could see her majesty as I read.

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juneaukid 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you aviannovice, I appreciate it.

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