Four Poems of the Pacific Northwest

Glaciers of Mount Rainier

Four Poems of the Pacific Northwest

Ice Cave Amulet

Inside an ice cave a stream trickles

A stream trickles exposing bare stones

Bare stones crunch together with strange sounds

Strange sounds echo off rippled ceiling

Inside an ice cave a stream trickles.

Alaskan Fjord

Sheer glaciated walls

glisten in northern sun

with tufts of alder

clinging to wet rock

echoing cracks of thunder

from calving bergs

so intensely blue,

and then stillness...

interrupted only by

ancient Haida notes

from a stone flute

one hundred years ago.

Cedar Sky

Towering five-pronged cedar

high above a clapboard house

splits the sky, sometimes

gray with rain or white with

peeking sun or rarely blue,

but always cedar's branches,

silvery green, droop to ground

sharing rain or light with

all of those around whether

human or raven or, all along

the rooftop cracks, a

specificity of yellow moss.

Cascade Mountains

Wisps of white or gray and misty

cloud descend to whisk

the tops of dripping cedars along

the Cascade Mountains sometimes

bright in sun but almost

always darkening to a

different shade of green.

Pacific Northwest

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

These are absolutely wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you--glad you liked them, Hello,hello

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