Wednesday, June 06, 2007

On the way to Elk Creek Falls

Two gate posts still stand almost
a hundred years later in the green darkness
where the hill curves under the weight
of the wet woods, and the smooth, wide
path is no longer rutted by wagon wheels.

We stop to listen for the sound of voices
of children like our own, for the sharp clatter
of rulers, the softer scratch of chalk,
quick spurts of juice from apple skins
rolling down as teeth sink in.

We stand still looking, our gaze traveling
sixty feet and more up the wrinkled trunks
of trees rooted among ferns where the schoolhouse
once stood, traveling up through time.

Tiny and wild, purple orchids peek from the shadows
of the leaves at our feet. The soft light sifts,
shifts, and leaves. We hear the rain falling.


Blogger robin andrea said...

This is so lovely, mb. You capture the essence of time, the long stretch held in the moment.

I'm happy to see you post again.

6/06/2007 8:26 AM  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

I am standing right beside you. That apple is so sweet!

6/06/2007 8:35 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

Wonderful to see you here again, and with such a deeply delicious poem and photo.

6/06/2007 9:09 AM  
Anonymous marly said...

Oh, that's just what I meant about Blueline.... Love that cleft with waterfall in that soft, soft green.

6/06/2007 9:41 AM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

I feel like I just left the fourth floor balacony of this condo, and took a beautiful trip out west. Beautiful!!

6/06/2007 5:18 PM  
Blogger rdl said...

I like it!!

6/06/2007 6:55 PM  
Blogger Sky said...

have missed you - it is a treat to find you here again!

i love the way you give life to the history of this place and take us to another time, seducing our senses of sound and sight and taste.

hope you are well and happy. :)

6/06/2007 9:26 PM  
Blogger Tall Girl said...

What a breathtaking photograph. And the poem is working on me. I need to read a few more times...
Good to see you again mb.

6/07/2007 6:19 AM  
Blogger Michelle (a.k.a. la vie en rose) said...

*sigh*...i'm not sure which is more beautiful...the words or the pic...

6/07/2007 11:28 AM  
Blogger alan said...

My heart has yearned for your magic; thank you for sharing it again!


6/07/2007 11:34 AM  
Blogger polona said...

a wonderful journey in space and time...

6/07/2007 11:46 AM  
Blogger firebird said...

Oh, this is SO refreshing!
I wonder if you have a picture of the purple orchids--they don't sound like anything I have seen in the wild...
But if not, I must imagine them!

6/07/2007 6:56 PM  
Blogger floots said...

a beautifully still and introspective moment captured perfectly
thank you

6/07/2007 8:37 PM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

lovely; i am always glad when you post.

6/08/2007 8:29 AM  
Blogger mermaid said...

Did you catch any of the childrens' souls in the droplets that fell?

6/08/2007 2:45 PM  
Blogger zhoen said...


6/08/2007 4:15 PM  
Blogger mm said...

Glad to find you again.

6/09/2007 12:58 AM  
Blogger Susangalique said...

It reminds me of the old school house where my gran use to teach. It had four rooms.

very nice.

6/09/2007 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Becca said...

I am so enjoying your poetry again ...

6/09/2007 6:36 PM  
Blogger Lubna said...

Water - its sights, its sounds. Refreshing.

6/10/2007 7:52 AM  
Blogger Amy & Charlie said...

and all that was is now as nothing except that it persists in fertile minds

6/11/2007 12:11 PM  
Blogger Bitterroot said...

So glad to see (hear? read?) you again, MB! Your lovely poem puts me in mind of the abandoned schoolhouse in the country near our place in Wisconsin, where I have often imagined the children so many years ago.

6/13/2007 1:53 PM  
Blogger Dale said...


6/17/2007 12:36 AM  
Blogger Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

The Ringing is up! Thanks for your contribution.

6/17/2007 11:10 AM  
Blogger Patrick M. Tracy said...


As usual, a feast for the senses. You draw the scene beautifully.

6/19/2007 5:49 PM  
Blogger rdl said...

MB just wondering what you're up to these days, life beyond blogging?

6/21/2007 4:39 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Loved this one.

6/22/2007 12:23 PM  
Blogger gracie said...

You have sensed everything in this experience and the words take me there too. History and the nature growing over and around it fascinates me!

6/30/2007 12:18 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

Just a note to say Hi. I hope it is summer fun that is keeping you busy! Missing your beautiful posts and hope you will return.

7/02/2007 1:19 AM  
Blogger rdl said...

Now this is what i hate about blog friends - they can just disappear in thin ether; and i can't call you up to see why.
hope all is well.

7/05/2007 9:38 PM  
Anonymous marja-leena said...

Oh yes, as rdl said! Missing you..hope you are just busy and happy.

7/07/2007 1:46 PM  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

Hi! Please come back!

7/10/2007 7:59 AM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

sweetheart, where are you? missing you and sending big hugs or whatever you need most. snowsparkle

7/17/2007 8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came upon your website quite by chance, and I'm really glad I did. You string the words together so gracefully

7/18/2007 7:16 AM  
Blogger Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Desperately seeking MB!!

7/18/2007 11:16 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Hi all, the unexpected has complicated my life. A loved one came to visit and wound up in hospital. All will be well, but my focus is here for the time being.

7/19/2007 9:56 AM  

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