Three Week Stay at Mont La Salle
I. The Vanishing Mountain
An entire mountain vanished
in the course of a few hours
one afternoon. What word to use
for a far off smoke other than plume?
It rose, to no surprise, amid a windy
afternoon and as the breeze carried
it across the valley, grass burned faster
and hotter. Fire planes overhead
carrying gallons from the lake
took days to quell the flame
and the mountain, took a week
to reappear where it had vanished.
II. Years Lacking Peace
A friendly codger rode
in a military surplus jeep.
Who but he knows the hours
spent maintaining the old World
War II automotive contraption?
I shouted ‘nice wheels’ and waved.
He held up his fingers in a ‘V’ while smiling
III. The Everlasting Flame
Calling to mind light
I wonder why I cannot
find it with my mind’s eye.
Then I remember, this ember
is always there especially
when I fail to notice…