APRIL BIVY ATOP BLACK BUTTE, Central Cascades . . .

APRIL BIVY ATOP BLACK BUTTE, Central Cascades . . .
On the road in the American Northwest. [ click photo for next . . . ]

[ double-click to play / option or alt click here to download
& command+f for full screen ]


Outer skin of my own body,

worn, cracked, sunburned,

from exposure on three continents . . .

O, shelter upon which I depend.

In our happy salad days,

we'd have a shiny new fly shipped

from afar straight to our basecamp,

Ah yes, but young love always

goes the way of wrinkles and tears . . .

Taped, spliced, torn, stiched, pieced together

in the true knowledge

that staying together

is the real and pure nature of trust,

the simple quintessence of security.

Stormy nights, months of snow and sorrow,

of fabric saturated beyond any reasonable limit,

of waking up in a sleeping bag wetter

than yesterday's tossed tea bag,

yet always still together as one.

Even mosquitoes and ants know the rules.

I ask: Is the collapse, say, of great Nations,

always due to the blatant and obvious excesses

of wasteful war, or drought, or famine,

or the hubris of emprie extended beyond the possible?

Or do we sometimes go down simply by holding on

too long to what we love, love, perhaps, too much?

I know: When we love, we should let go.

But how could I? And my friends who understand

such things tell me I must get a new one.

But where do old tents go when they die, I ask?

Surely, not to mere sentiment, to mere memory.

No, they must re-embody in some more subtle realm

as pure geometry! That is what I tell myself. What better,

what more noble fate, could the gods insure?

Comforting thought for my old, old,

steadfast friend.

Lake Camp
North Wallowas

NEW: To view / purchase high quality prints & matted frames
at the
Photoweek Northwest online store, SLIDESHOW

All Photographs & texts by Cliff Crego © 2011 picture-poems.com
(created: VII.25.2009)