sangre de cristo range

outside of santa fe


cold rain among the pines

altitude 12,ooo feet


droplets dripping from needles

one finds its way


down the back of my neck

sending a shiver along my spine


so delicious, so singular

that i thought of wittgenstein


language is imagery

i write to preserve the image


by the image the experience

it will never come again


not in time or place

never the same river twice








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Written on 2021-05-27 at 23:45

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Steven Riddle The PoetBay support member heart!
Wittgenstein and Heraclitus in one poem—remarkable in itself, but in one with such fine imagery—nicely done.

Bibek The PoetBay support member heart!
I found this work very curious, Jim. It starts almost Zen-like (with the lone speaker strolling in the pine woods; one droplet running down the neck), then it moves on to become a commentary on the philosophy of language. I too have been trying to preserve the image, in my writing, for a long time. And I like the dreamlike (poetic) and philosophy-like (analytical) sides of the poem. Well balanced.