the RMNP poems: ‘Twin Sisters’



The lodgepole pines did not

shield. I was too hot, too tired

never made it to either summit

I dream of trying again in September 

(Mom’s month)

when aspens burn 

Next time I will try 

by night.

hike by starlight

arrange for a full moon




You could get married, or

you could take a hike–in fact, you should hike

together before you get hitched.

Try a trail before you tie the knot.


Spend the three months before the wedding trekking

El Camino del Santiago (you’ll look fabulous!)

or you could do the steep mile straight up Eagle Cliff

Find out if the fireworks last


Depending on when you go, there could be

drought or snow, sprawling vistas or swamps.

It’s all in the timing. Your feet will be sore, but

you’ll manage. The questions: which suit?

what food? whither favors? Whatever.


Back up at the summit

you’ll know if you have a good catch, and

coming back down, you’ll release it all

even your name.

the RMNP poems: ‘Lily Lake, Lily Ridge, Lily Mountain’


“The able-bodied can circle Lily Lake in fifteen minutes or circle it twice in thirty. 

The able-minded, however, take much longer, for there is much to see along this path.”



loved this trail that

looped a lake

less than a mile, cozy cars in a cozy

lot, folks fishing. If time

allowed travel, I would return

would not pressure her to try 

Lily Ridge, would not leave 

her to scale Lily Mountain. I would 

linger beside her on a bench for as

long as she liked

Watch wood ducks on Lily Lake