poetry - n. 1: writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rythmn 2 a: a quality that stirs the imagination b: a quality of spontaneity and grace

Name: dthaase

Friday, December 23, 2005

Bluff Trail

Ochs Gateway, Lookout Mountain, GA

It is early morning –
The sun is casting life
to the eastern mountainside.
I've come down a westside trail
with a hope for warmth to come.

The trail is my labrynth –
A going into with stillness,
to this overlooking center.

I will return again –
To where the woods begin or end;
depending on the traveling.
(Interstate 24, in a parallel distance,
is a reminder of my going back).

Yet, for now,
the rustle of dry, wilted leaves
are in the foreground.

I lean against an oak,
with a bowing white pine at my side,
the cool earth below me,
the shadow of the mountain I sit upon
retreating toward me in the valley below.

A passage of time –
In leaning, sitting, retreating.
they are my present reality.

Then is not all my labrynth?
My wife, my children, my place –
All going into with stillness,
to an overlooking center.
In the foreground of my mind –

I hear her laugh,
the children wrestle like two cubs,
the shadows all get smaller.


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