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Hiking in Heaven, a poem

Updated on July 18, 2011

Cairn Art

You puff up the trail that winds west of the cliff, a pack of worries

heavy on your back, You step up and up on rocks sharp or flat.

This is the steep part. At Judges Cave, high on West Rock Ridge,

you breathe the view, grateful for a stop, but you keep it short.

Green blazes mark the trail north. You hike along,

the path now loam, now leaves now ledge.

Step by steady step, you replace worry with trail and tree and sky.

You’d have been okay, improved, let’s say, without the rock folks.

Then you come to (ah!) heaven’s gate, an arch of saplings

grapevine bound. Bemused, you enter. And there a flock of stone folks

stands beside the trail. Some impish hikers have created a fairy land

of cairns high on West Rock Ridge—basalt balanced on granite

on basalt at crazy angles. Stone lovers kiss and kiss

and do not stop. A rusty saw spans two towers. On the saw

sit two puckish fellows, planning mischief. Their life little longer than bubbles,

they are in a mood to ambush your problems and toss them off

West Rock Ridge. Stone giggles (you swear it), and beckons you over to share

a whisper of unlikely tales. Who are the playful artists? For this is a world created

and you walk among its creatures. No, more, you are counted upon

to stumble into this elfish place, to witness the guy with the raised rock shoulder,

the one with the beak-sharp nose, and those twelve gnomish folks alert

at the path’s edge. You get higher than you’ve ever been, high

on West Rock Ridge. You were meant to notice, to laugh, and to know

that heaven is made by rascals.


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      7 years ago

      I am not a poet ... you definitely are. :)

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      Patricia Lapidus 

      7 years ago from Bantam, CT

      I'm glad, Binaya, that my simple poem could do that for you. Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      Took me beyond time and space

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      Patricia Lapidus 

      7 years ago from Bantam, CT

      Poetic Fool, you are welcome. I'll read some of your hubs. Yours, too, Will.

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      Poetic Fool 

      7 years ago

      Ah, brings back fond memories of past hikes. I've got to slow down and get back on the trail! Thanks for the great write, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    • triciajean profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Lapidus 

      7 years ago from Bantam, CT

      Thanks for sppreciating, Will.

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very good work! Voted up and everything!


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