Tag: Rocky Mountains

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Arc of the Earth, Smokey River Valley, Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada

The Mere Fact of Existence

Feeling the arc of Earth
Below me
Atmosphere
Thick with sky

Crossing terrain and distance
The minutes pass as days once did
For greater men than me
When only Prometheus
Had tested the sky

The land rolls by
All the while stoking awe

Not just for historical men
Bound to Earth
Also for this small speck of stone
This mote of blue
With its invisible billions
In an incomprehensible emptiness

Then, awe too for this small speck of flesh
His hubris of no small magnitude
Believing he matters at all
For the mere fact of knowing his existence

His feeble attempt for eternity
Words released into the twin fantasies
Of consciousness and silicone

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Occluded Valley, Banff National Park, Icefields Parkway, Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada

Occluded ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #135

Oh the grandiosity
Of mountain ranges
Under cloudless skies

Though here demurred
Occluding smoke
Smothers valley’s depth and scale

Still, upon a closer look
The trees, a ridge
A jagged line

And then another
Slight serrated edge
The third and fourth both smoother still

So scale restored
I can imagine depth, at least
As this choking smoke occludes my breath

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Molten Sky, Rocky Mountains, Trans Canada Highway, British Columbia, Canada

Molten Sky

This molten sky
Enveloping
Sweet nature’s towers
In cloudy flames
Of fiery grey
Which leap and dance
Yet leave no mark
But for the rain
Which splatters me
And like those fires
Burning orange hot
Renews the life
On mountainsides
Then when it’s past
This monochrome
Reveal the sun
To cast its light
On verdant slopes
With cotton peaks