FIELDWORK on Cornucopia Peak, Looking for Gold! (no luck...) (± 8600 feet)
View over Pine Valley & the community of Halfway
. . .
On the road in the American Northwest.

to the reader . . .

O dear reader, please, you decide . . .

How ought I best spend my days?

Should I be out digging in dark loam for new poems,

or would I be better off looking for tiny specks of gold?

O, how I envy the industrious ant, dragging past me

the dead carcass of another species

very much larger than itself.

What booty! What satisfaction

at work well done!

No doubt, no hesitation there!

Yet here I sit, as I scribble and scratch away

at works fated—when the graces are with me

—to be beautiful, yet so sadly ignored.

And then, as my pan comes up empty again,

with nothing to show for my work today

but cold hands and a sore back,

slowly, I learn to see that all that sounds

right and good on my composing tablet may,

once tested by the Muse's unforgiving hammer of truth,

be but so much more shiny, attractive—

but o-so-easily fractured—

fool's prospect.

Camp Lost & Found,
Eagle Cap Wilderness,
Oregon, IX.1.2008

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