Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Colorado Winter Landscape

At such altitudes

one is forced to consider

whether anywhere within a

thousand miles

is not surrounded by

ice and hard landscapes

so cold that breath hangs like

doubt against the hope-blue sky

(the backdrop against which

potential must be measured),

if only to arrive at the conclusion

that on blue days in such surroundings,

there is solace in the melting rivulets that

trickle to the horizon,

and the silence that

makes even our hearts attend.

--c. 2012, Martin A. Bartels (working draft)

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