Saturday, 28 December 2013

(Poem) Between Two Parks

Allison and I driving south on the Icefields Parkway (photo by Allison Nichols)

The road south
from Jasper to Banff
is an engineering feat of genius
Eat your heart out, Mount Kailash!
Our pilgrims aren’t encumbered
by tinpot carryalls and clockwise prostration

The icefields shoot past
glistening, oblivious
to the fumes eating through their pores

The Alberta Strata mark the route
Jasper to Edmonton
Rocky Mountain House to Red Deer
Banff to Calgary
Like feeding tubes for the cities
A jagged wall of rejuvenation and postcard patriotism

Mother Bear peers out from her winter cave
scratches at the earth
Eagle is alerted

(Pincher Creek, AB, December 23, 2013)

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