Leaving the Rat Race Behind
As my thoughts turn to life on the trail, I thought of a poem that I had written after a day hike on Big Run Trail in Shenandoah National Park. I hope this poem gives you a glimpse of that day as I hiked with two of my children. Hiking in the woods has always had a restorative effect on me. I look forward to leaving behind the madness of modern life in exchange for walking in the mountains. No rush-hour traffic is sounding really good to me about right now. I am a news junkie, a political junkie. I plan on separating myself from the vitriol that comprises politics of our day. Let others deal with that garbage for a while. I am thankful for the support of my wife and family and feel lucky for this opportunity. There was a time that I didn’t think it was even going to be possible.
Beautiful Daughter of the Stars
Big Run Trail, Shenandoah National Park
as summer’s breath lingers one mid-october morn
we drop down into shady tunnel travel
traversing folds — slowly winding through the hollow
ever lower through dew of decaying dampness
between the trees, i glimpse the corpse i am one day to become
deposited on a tender bed of humus ground
in among the rotting logs and lichen crusted stone
just across the stream, beckoning for our boot soles
a skeleton sculpted switchback looms on the ridge
shelf fungus scrutiny draws into focus my fixation
creation unlocks within an ephemeral juncture
then, blinks shut with the wave of a centipede’s legs
while we stop to rest among the quiet elder sentinels
cascading copper foliage trigger an optic nerve dance
far above on the kind breeze a sheen of ravens glide
ever seeking to extend their blood circle — they call down
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