National Parks – Thankvember Twenty-First

 

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National Parks  – Thankvember Twenty-First

 

 

 

I’ve managed to get a day behind again, as my big full-rich life pulled me away. So, rather than a long treatise on our national parks, I am going to just share a poem I wrote a few weeks ago, as part of my OctPoWriMo Challenge. You can find all my October poems here.

 

 

 

 

 

English: Cliff geyser and Firehole river at Bl...

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Firehole River Splash

 

 

(Yellowstone National Park Wyoming, 1999)

 

 

 

 

I walk along the bank with my young pup

 

 

Respectful of this wild Wyoming land of

 

 

Bison, bear, and wolves.

 

 

I’m watching the puppy explore

 

 

With his sensitive, busy nose

 

 

Until I hear the splash.

 

 

Then I look up, confused because

 

 

There is nothing here to make

 

 

such a sound

 

 

With such a feel of substance to it.

 

 

I scan the river, instinct freed

 

 

To feel through my senses in a way

 

 

Not needed in the workaday world.

 

 

But no instinct could prepare me

 

 

For the breath stopping moment
__________________________

 

 

 

 

Something rising from the water

 

 

Something alive -

 

 

The moment crystal and infinite

 

 

White feathered head

 

 

Yellow eye meeting mine without

 

 

Hesitation or fear.

 

 

I am the one who does not belong

 

 

Here.

 

 

Rising, rising, rising…

 

 

Shedding

 

 

Rainbows of water

 

 

Powerful wings spread and lift

 

 

Beak opens in a fierce cry

 

 

Away from the trees on the

 

 

Opposite bank comes

 

 

Eager answer.

 

 

And now, the talons

 

 

Clutching the small, arching trout

 

 

Who could not avoid

 

 

The bald eagle

 

 

death

 

 

that

 

 

dove

 

 

out

 

 

of

 

 

the

 

 

sky.

 

 

Bald eagle

 

 

 

 

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