and they are grand,
but the most illuminating
and awe-inspiring view is from the air.
lending the greatest respect
for the power and lift of what doesn’t breath.
Cragged they are,
steep-sloped in places,
with graded roads at the less precipitous sections.
I am awestruck,
by the way they cluster,
like vertebrae on a backbone.
the long-distanced, ribboned trails
upon which many hike.
I find praise for rivers and lakes, grasses, trees,
all on display, waiting to be admired.
I marvel at snow starting at the peaks
and showering its way down the slopes,
formed within frigid air
I can only imagine
from my warm airline seat.
I take it all in as we hurtle by.
This natural landform
which will lie upon the ground
through all time.
Surely the eagles and gods
appreciate the view as much as I.
When not writing, Linda is an avid reader, classical guitar player, and a practitioner of both Yoga and Tai Chi. In, addition, she helps her husband, a Luthier, build acoustic guitars. Linda enjoys her 200-gallon saltwater reef tank wherein resides her almost 20 year old yellow tang. A retired teacher, who began writing in earnest in January, 2015, Linda believes that poetry truly adds to the beauty of the world. Much of this beauty she feels can be found in the night sky and, on warm nights, her telescope serves as inspiration for this belief.