“Words are moving water, muddy, clear, or both” – Jim Harrison
When I spent a summer guiding
young teens into the wilderness
I was given the option of hiking
or paddling a group of novices
down a river, through a chain
of lakes for ten days in canoes.
Hikers, I knew, came back
to camp stuccoed waist high
in mud and spent the next day
searching for leeches, dealing
with mosquito bites.
Say clear what you mean
for leeches and mud are lies
I seek water clear
This is part of “28 Days of Unreason”
based on prompts taken from poems
by Jim Harrison.