Dipper Falls Step Cascade, Cliff River watershed,
Eagle Cap Wilderness . . .
Here is a little set of three 37-step poems* which plays with the theme
change & time, constant rock & ever-streaming water:
*In order for a variation form like this to really flower, one needs to do
them in sets or sequences. Try reading them out-loud to get a sense of
how the rhythms and accents change in surprising ways while still keeping
to the basic 37-step pattern.
Triassic shale gives
back the light of quiet water,
September:— O month of watching
for the moon
of new snow. How bright:—
this clear blue of Oregon sky.
Cats that look into
mirrors always see other cats.
Magpies know the truth. Shale looks the
same for a
quarter billion years.
Flashing waters of constant change.
Gold flattens; pyrite
shatters. Streams of useless thoughts, but
one in a million withstands the
truth. The patience of
water rounding the hardest rocks.
Camp Lost & Found,
Eagle Cap Wilderness,
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