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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

There are so many ways a hike can turn out. The best ones help overcome the division between head and heart.  Not this one!

NEWFOUND GAP, MARCH 2004

The upward slopes were potent to entice

The feet; the snow-clad fir and swirling cloud,

The eye.  The weather had suppressed the crowd.

It seemed a perfect chance.  So, in a trice

I left.  The bitter cold soon felt quite nice

As I toiled upward.  For a while I plowed

Ahead, but soon my trek was disallowed

By snow that passing feet had turned to ice.

To climb was fine.  “But what about descending?

In hiking, what goes up must come back down,”

The Brain observed, and so the trip was over.

It seemed a great defeat, that journey’s ending.

The Brain had won.  But, though it came around,

The Heart sighed, yearning still to be a rover.

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Neel’s Gap

Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

 We have a natural hunger for wild places.  We want them accessible even if we do not want to live in them permanently.  Even that is getting to be harder.

 

THE FIRST THIRTY MINUTES OUT OF NEEL’S GAP

Curtal Sonnet # 7

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It’s amazing how the traffic noise can carry

Across the ridges and the open spaces.

This is the wilderness to eyes, but ears

Find it a good sight harder job to parry

Civilization just by changing places.

The legs pump and a spray-paint blaze appears.

 

This is the Appalachian Trail?  I say

The sound of engines going through their paces

Ought not to be a part of what one hears!

Just when you think you’re far enough away,

A trucker changes gears.

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Donald T. Williams, PhD

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