Sunday, June 14, 2015

Colorado

th’aspens, th’mountains, yes –
but what shocks him, th’hikers
on th’other side ‘f th’road
(1-17)








gunbarrel rancher,
through th’window ‘f ‘n old truck – no clue
where th’town got its name
(11-15)






we live in rifle,
nothing funny about it -
happy fourth to ya
(1-12)







his back to traffic,
his sandals catch on asphalt -
wants out of denver
(1-13)






sure ‘n’ steady down th’cliff,
kick that san juan horse all y’want,
he’ll make up ‘s own mind
(11-15)






stops ‘n th’town of rifle,
gun in th’truck, loaded – even
leaves th’windows open
(1-17)



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paparazzi ‘n vail
‘n th’bushes ‘round th’pool, get our shots
‘f it takes us all day(6-17)





failed t’put out th’campfire
he blames th’hippies, who’re waiting
for th’dead t’come t’red rocks
(7-16)









way above denver,
she smokes one f’r cody – she works
‘t th’wild west museum
(7-16)





winter ‘n panjachel –
in telluride, she sells th’purses
and th’turquoise earrings
(5-16)






day ‘n th’uncompaghre
her wares, she left ‘n telluride,
‘n’ now she can’t let go
(5-16)







shimmering aspens,
their dance upstages denver
oh! th’monarch’s found them!
(6-16)





  evergreen café –
she likes th’shimmering aspens,
can’t afford th’place t’live
(6-17)







pueblo yards blazing,
minutes t'hours, waiting for train -
all t'stay off th'highway
(1-12)






waits in th’pueblo yards –
th’train may or may not appear,
th’blazing heat’s here t’stay
(6-16)






th’dry dusty boxcar,
pueblo plains heat so hostile –
train’s refusal t’budge
(6-16)





aspen leaves shimmer,
soft afternoon light shines through -
delay denver life
(8-05)





red rocks afternoon –
th’guy was sure he’d seen th’devil,
it was just th’drummer
(11-15)





millionaires ‘t th’fest’val
catch th’scent ‘f campfire – he’ll go back
t’ th’uncompahgre
(11-15)







through denver to th’coast,
windows open – th’mountain air,
‘n’ th’uplifting fragrance
(6-17)





asleep in the hay,
down mountain roads near aspen,
but th'truck loses wheel
(1-12)






hitchhiking against
traffic - estes park aspens
shimmer in the sun

(1-12)





djiboutian cabbie
wants clues - denver conventions,
summer mystery
(8-12)






just up the mountains,
red rocks, blue sky, sun - guitar
solo shimmers, sears
(8-12)






flatlanders in vail
all summer, filling their tanks -
trip home's all downhill
(8-05)







bear logo reflects
in downtown denver's windows -
woodsman's labor day
(8-12)






sneers at th’flatlanders –
vail carpenter likes th’high rents,
place clears out in th’fall
(2-16)






cafe on sixteenth-
painted piano, well-played -
only leaves respond
(8-12)






high ‘bove evergreen,
tea ‘n a grove ‘f flaming aspens
tries t'magine settling
(9-16)






th’opulence of th’lass,
th’aspen post office, fall rain –
we’re stuck ‘n th’same foyer
(8-16)






trinidad cowboy
in town to belt down a few
cuss out the broncos
(9-08)





pastries from dumpster,
fried acorns, creamers he'd swiped
back in evergreen
(11-13)










th'platte - souls' day refuge
from traffic and th'business world
of downtown denver
(11-14)








grew up ‘n djibouti –
now he’s wary ‘f th’first ice on
th’diag’nal highway
(11-15)









green mile scientist’s
tetrahydrocannab’nol,
th’mistletoe, th’countdown
(10-15)






her mile high champagne,
th’healing nature ‘f cannabis -
in th’smoke, she explains
(10-15)





ice on east colfax -
th’chance t’do science, her first wish,
here’s t’prosp’rous new year 
(10-15)





at lookout exit,
truckers warned - icy blizzard,
descent treacherous
(8-12)







crested butte complaint –
they live t’ski, ‘n’ come by th’hundreds,
no place left to rent
(7-17)







lookout exit sage
rattled – th’blizzard’s made th’traffic
utterly silent
(11-16)





telluride skier
firm believer ‘n exercise,
‘n’ private property
(11-15)




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one windshield wiper –
freezing rain ‘n th’pike forest, ‘n’ he
learns ‘bout nirvana
(6-17)







breckenridge skier
important t’be in good shape,
money’s not ‘n issue
(6-17)






likes boulder ‘n’ th’snow, but
th’”free tibet” bumper stickers
impress him the most
(5-15)






high above denver,
tunnels blocked by drifts, car stuck,
white noise, no defrost
(9-08)





san luis winters -
so hard, so long, they'd forgot
what candles were for
(11-13)






larimer diner
omelet's ham and cheese - warmth for
next mile-high blizzard
(2-10)









larimer diner –
ham ‘n’ cheese ‘n th’regular omelet,
outside, th’raging blizzard
(1-17)






fog ‘n’ snow ‘n th’high pines,
winding road through much ‘f estes
eyes on th’qual’ty ‘f th’road
(1-17)










likes t’call it fo-co
so close to th’ski slopes, but he
mostly sits around
(1-17)







rancher from hugo,
larimer street club, march squall -
his eyes will adjust
(1-12)






ways outside steamboat,
mountain road, ‘n th’alpine daisies
th’mountain goat appears
(5-15)









long drive to steamboat
fields ‘f alpine daisies, th’mountain
goat stares back at them
 (10-16)





limon boxcar door
slams on april fools' day joke
whole punchline, he missed
(10-08)






high ‘bove evergreen,
th’couple from th’lowlands watch th’rider,
bareback, ‘n th’blooming field
(3-17)





even at easter,
th’dry chinook winds’ll burn th’hillside –
they'll rush back t’denver
(1-17)







road to crestone
gentle may rains, and th’sounds of
one windshield wiper
(11-15)






whole glade ‘f columbines
in th’ev'rgreen air, he’s forgot
how hard ‘tis t’get work
(1-17)







mem'ry, horizon
melt together in june sun
next town, dinosaur
(9-08)

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