Tanka Brought Down From The High Peaks Part 2: by Michael G. Smith

near a path tromped
through a snowfield
sparrows snag insects,
the young New York couple
minutes from their first 14’er

Mt. Democrat, CO, 14,148 feet above sea level

***

July 4, 2015
Uncle Sam greets hikers
Millenials pop beers
I move away, a silent
moment for Charleston

Mt. Lincoln, CO, 14,286 feet above sea level

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guidebooks write
down from Lincoln
up again not 300 feet
this peak unofficial
heart and legs know otherwise

Mt. Cameron, CO, 14,238 feet above sea level

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on the saddle below
Lincoln I ask the man
wearing a ‘Bama hat
why he moved to Denver –
just so much time to do this

***

thunderheads building,
one foot quickly
leads the other
through slick scree
down to tree line

Mt. Bross, CO, 14,172 feet above sea level

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