Tall Bog Onions at Holly Brook (Allium validum),
highly edible & most prized by the members of
the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery,
Eagle Cap Wilderness . . .
THIS DIFFERENCE OF BUT A HALF A STEP
Bright Father Sun on light granite,
a major key ascending
beyond the highest peaks,
beyond the most distant stars.
A cloud passes by with misty rain . . .
And instantly, all changes to shades of
gray, of wet, dark, volcanic rock,
a minor key descending
with roots to the middle
of the Earth.
The happy, and the melancholy,
two sides of but one movement . . .
How could I ever choose?
O gods of this audible landscape,
forgive us that we no longer sing,
that we no longer ponder,
this difference of but a half a step.
O Mystery of Creation!
My Lyre of Peace! Be forever tuned
and tempered to both.
Eagle Cap Wilderness,
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