Wild America (poetry)

Lake Ontario

Winter shoreline
Winter shoreline
White Heron
White Heron

Wild America (poetry)


Along Lake Ontario's Shore


Cold enough walking here

along Ontario's shore,

gray clouds weeping in

to rustle leafless trees

buried in deep white snow.

Eider ducks and gulls tread

icy water of protected coves

just beyond the reach of

pounding surf and frozen

spray feathering shoreline

rocks and podded sumacs.

Each wave, each gust of wind

infuses the mind with a

living presence much akin

to one's own temperament.


Carolina Heron

Parted cattails, mostly gone to seed,

reveal splash of white rippling in

cold waters of a Charleston swamp

until heron, neck craned, strides with

graceful acumen along the misty shore,

his lordly winter whiteness lending

emphasis to dankness in spirit despite

presence of live oaks scattered here

and there entangled in Spanish moss green

enough to hearken spring from death itself.


Sandstone Transformation

"Amoo'ooh! with you, the cliff comes alive."

--Leslie Silko, Ceremony

Lone eagle swoops at sandstone contours

as if to seize geologic energies

locked in petrified solidity

where deep red sandstone columns,

red as Sioux warriors against a

feathered sky,

bulge in swirls high above the prairie

harboring a field mouse or two.



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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

You write nature poetry of the highest caliber. I find it is hard to find the words to describe the wonder and awe that I feel on a mountaintop or by a stream, yet it seems to come to you with ease. Keep up the good work. Jamie


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juneaukid 2 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you jhamann, I appreciate your comment.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. This was wonderful. Love the pics.


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juneaukid 2 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thanks very much Gypsy Rose Lee.

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