Shadows in the Sky

Storm Mountain, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Shadows in the sky

Where the sun
And the clouds
And the smoke

Where the river
And the rails
Run in parallel

Where I
Sit on the banks
And reflect
On the immensity of time

In the Bow Valley
Older than men

Storm Mountain
Banff National Park
Alberta, Canada

Taken during travels, yesterday, 2017

Forest fires rage throughout British Columbia and Alberta. Depending on prevailing wind patterns, the smoke blankets thousands of square miles, reaching hundreds of miles from the source. It billows out of the Rocky Mountains through Banff’s Bow River valley, visible from as far away as Calgary.

I’m not sure if this picture would be prettier without the smoke. It would certainly be clearer.

The final two stanzas are a reference to the sense of “ancientness” some places give me. The feeling that I am in a place that is alive, aware, has a wisdom beyond my ken, and sort of chuckles at the upstart intelligence of small self-important human creatures musing about matters they understand very little.

“At least”, the ancient wisdom reflects, if it notices me at all, “it enjoys what is pretty.”