Small Volcano of a Mushroom, Pushing Through Soil
So, what’s the quarry? summit?
or rough descent on rock and moss
to a good spot for drinking tea?
Stand on a boulder at creekside:
point with your stick to a bog orchid
one boot on a wine-red vein of silt
driven through sweeps of coarser sand:
cross-grained, flecked with mica—sunlight
a few million years from its birth
Summit photo: entirely cloud
Vireo in the aspen: silent but clear
I have other lives
but do not know how to exist
without this one