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Alpine Chiaroscuro

Updated on November 19, 2016
Maura on the Tundra
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Alpine Chiaroscuro (poem)


How great to see

the tundra so green

studded with flowers

bright, crisp and clean

just a few weeks after

being in hot and misty

tropical Florida with

snakes and bugs and swamps.

How great to see

grazing elk high

above tree line

silhouetting the sky.

How great to see

the Never Summer Range

blanketed with snow

under a golden alpine glow.

How great to see

marmots whistling such

piercing notes while

they scamper on

lichen-covered rocks

only weeks after

dazing heat of

South Florida where

insects buzz and eat

wilting grass stalks.

How great to take

your dog for walks

up in the fresh mountain

air and to slide

down a bright white

snowfield to the

open tundra where

shiny yellow buttercups

push right through

thin layers of snow

melting into tiny

streams slaking thirst

of bighorn sheep,

all very much part of

living alpine dreams.

Rockies

Have you been above treeline?

See results

Rocky Mountain National Park

© 2014 Richard Francis Fleck

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    • juneaukid profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Francis Fleck 

      4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you very much Kim and Gypsy Rose Lee. I appreciate your comments!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Your lovely poetry makes those alpine dreams come to life.

    • juneaukid profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Francis Fleck 

      4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you ocfireflies, I appreciate it.

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      ocfireflies 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Very much enjoyed! V+!

      Kim

    • juneaukid profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Francis Fleck 

      4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks much, travmaj. Hopefully it complements my other piece, "Tropical Chiaroscuro.

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      travmaj 

      4 years ago from australia

      Lovely, I could feel the transition as you journey along. Lovely photos to add to the text.

    • juneaukid profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Francis Fleck 

      4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you AudreyHowitt, it complements my other poem "Tropical Chiaroscuro.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      This is such a lovely piece!

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