Thursday, February 22, 2007


in denali's lap,
a field of ripe blueberries -
th'old bear takes a breath

purple lights swirling -
heavens' light show pins our backs
to northern tundra

tokyo to new york,
her plane laid over 'n anch'rage -
that sun never set

tok junction campsite,
stuck at fork in road - okay
'til 'bout september

anchorage harbor -
sunset turns into sunrise
slowly, in silence

ninilchik harbor -
onion dome reaches for moon,
salmon boat docks full

near tok, ancient saab -
vermont tags, loaded down with
alcan gravel dust

fairbanks mission soup,
still warm as days get shorter -
stay for the oil boom?

sitka cann’ry tale –
mind-numbing season ‘f fish heads,
money t’burn on drink

down'n tok he'll decide,
hitch t'th'forty-eight for winter,
or cut back t'kenai

since th'night th'grateful dead
came t'anch'rage, endless darkness,
pale lights've been his stage

new year’s eve, and th’moose
crashes palmer man’s party –
quits drinking for good

wolf moon, bering sea -
from th'airplane, earth's ghostly face -
tea, while others sleep

d'nali train has t'stop -
man, dog, long trek t'their cabin
by dark 'n' snowed-in trail

cold, rain, fog - juneau's
best valentine flowers, but
she misses texas

otherworldly robe,
feet on fresh-turned earth - kenai
sun on old b'liever

sitka fishing boat
saved those deer from certain death -
frigid march waters

fairbanks library –
she tells about her dogs, ‘n’ why it’s
all about winning

changed her life th’first time
she saw them pull th’sled – on th’map,
traces th’iditarod

in willow, th’mushers,
off t’skwarentna and yentna –
th’blizzard clouds th’vision

single ptarmigan,
a stunted spruce, a spring cover -
freeze-dried blueberries

eight straight days of rain,
not a road out of the place -
juneau in april

'n tolkeetna cabin,
she's so far from home, but here's
'r field 'f forget-me-nots

dreamed 'v northern lights f'years,
one week they came up t'fairbanks,
'n'june rains settled in

near prince william sound,
week in an alpine meadow -
devil's clubs talk back



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