Monday, June 08, 2015

Idaho

sawtooth campfire sage –
total number ‘f stars you’ve seen
‘s your quality of life
(2-16)





cour d'alene boxcar
shuts out steady mountain rain
pine smell slips through cracks
(7-05)






boxcar’s dry ‘n’ dusty
outside, cour d’alene shower,
inside, th’monarch’s dance
(4-16)









nez perce elder’s camp
world ‘f culture’s come to this,’n’ now
th’kids won’t learn th’language
(3-17)







bitter years at camps;
minidoka memories -
locusts at window
(3-10)






minidoka tale,
locusts screeching - years ‘f labor
questioned th’nisei’s faith
(2-16)








screeching ‘f th’locusts
comes back to minidoka,
remembers th’haiku
(10-16)








carneys’ve come t’nampa
three guys with muscles ‘n’ tattoos,
th’soft-eyed lass, th’driver
(10-15)







set up th’ferris wheel
she’ll take tickets ‘n’ feed th’an’mals,
th’stampede’s one ‘f their best
(10-15)






where you been, ‘t’s nothin’ –
soft voice, rough edge, carn’val lights,
th’snake river stampede
(10-15)





up close, th’smell ‘f horses,
leather, breath of th’alcoholic –
‘round th’corner, th’stampede
(10-16)






old bug, peace sticker –
panhandle summer showers
makes folks feel so small
(4-16)







fry bread 'n' huckleberries -
spit grease, cars on twelve, the sounds
of his own footsteps
(10-14)







fled pocatello
took enough to camp in these
cottonwoods
a while
(2-10)







poc’tello cott’nwoods –
man’s willing t’fish, camp, hide out
long as he has to
(10-16)









quarter in the snake,
small plop of an august dream-
undammed illusions
(1-07)






war bonnet roundup
she describes th’rough kind ‘f pleasure
'f getting thrown off th’bull
 (3-17)







hell's canyon rafter -
moment of calm, gold leaf,
reflection in th'snake
(10-14)






rafting hell’s canyon,
thought he was in paradise – then,
th’gold leaf fell on th’snake
(3-17)




hunter’s moon, boise
rancher kids looking f’r place t’drink,
maybe a fight ‘r two
(10-16)






from th’kitchen, th’sawtooths
th’turkey, th’stuffing, all th’gravy
can’t hide her anger
(10-16)






first frost, morning chill,
coffee, trout on open fire -
bitterroot breakfast
(9-14)










cour d'alene drunkard
unfolding torn cali map -
damaged by first snow
(1-12)







twelve hours from th'coast,
fills tank, but waits out th'blizzard -
welcome t'idaho!
(10-14)








panhandle woodsman,
winter's wood surrounds cabin-
sawdust falls from beard
(1-07)







panhandle cabin –
‘nough wood t’last, sawdust rubbed hard
into th’icy path
(3-17)







church basement ‘n boise,
blizzard howls outside – in here,
coffee ‘gainst th’urges
(4-17)






ice’n idaho falls
slid right off of old butte road,
took two days t’get’m out
(3-17)





sun valley skier
nordic cheekbones, perfect tan,
which she got on th’slopes
(2-16)





sun valley skier
worked on th’fine tan up on th’slopes,
ready t’go t’europe
(3-17)







just outside sandpoint,
runs her car into th’snowbank
gets t’meet all th’neighbors
(2-16)








sawtooths' snow-capped peaks -
she serves the onion soup with
pointed suggestion
(9-14)








window sealed against
moscow snows - not like russia,
'cept for the vodka
(1-12)









off twelve, th'wilderness
thaws and awakens - the fish
watches the hiker
(9-14)







boise laundryman –
th’fam’ly takes pains t’celebrate
th’chinese spring fest’val
(11-16)







saint joe forest home
bear knows where fish jump in spring -
let him have first try
(10-05)








they called it the red
'cause it ran red with salmon -
they came up hungry
(4-10)







salmon and coffee,
sun on lolo pass camas -
glad i'm home, he says
(1-13)






lolo pass camas
‘n th’mountain fog, they kiss, grateful
f’r trav’ling companions
(11-16)








grandpa pulled salmon
from th' river by th'bucketfull
's why it's called the red
(1-12)







river ice breaks up,
fishin's good, but he dries out
in a boise jail
(1-12)


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th’pretty purple flow’r,
th’red fish camper want you t’know,
called th’elephant’s head
(3-17)





weiser fiddler's tale -
a world of travels end in
small town festival
(11-14)







weiser fiddler’s laugh –
clear day, mountain music fest,
‘bout as good’s life gets
(10-16)

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