Tanka Brought Down from the High Peaks by Michael G. Smith

Tanka Brought Down from the High Peaks

starting the hike
in a darkness too dark
to see the heights
legs will lift us to,
setting moon, one guide

Fourmile Creek Trailhead, Leavick, CO, 11,240 feet
above sea level

***

in the thin air
at Hilltop Mine, silver
and the bucket tram
to ghostly Leavick’s mill
persist in the mind

on the saddle between Mt. Sherman and Mt. Sheridan,
12,900 feet above sea level

***

the black dog picks
a patch of yellow
blooms splashed
over the rocky flanks
to lie down with

Mt. Sherman, CO, 14,036 feet above sea level

***

after climbing
the 14’er in a train
of tens of hikers,
I ascend a 13’er,
birdsong for my ears

Mt. Sheridan, CO, 13,748 feet above sea level

***

pistol totin’ man
bare shoulders and legs sunburnt
what are you afraid of?
falling rocks and lightening
the good books speak of?

***

I’ll be posting a second set of these terrific tanka later this week.

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

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