Park the car and
the dogs leap out. Round Lake to the right, old stands
Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir. "Like Florida's cypresses
with climbing vines," my
pending trip in mind.
a slippery field of yellows and greens, we're reminded of
Van Gogh's palette, sensing the energy of his Cro-Magnon
art...involved not brushes but a Jewish practice of placing the imprint of a
bleeding hand upon the walls of each floor of a building. Among
the Garos, of Assam, white hand marks form a part of the rice-harvest
ceremony. Hand prints are found on the Kei Islands. Similar negative
prints of hands are a
kind of oral spray-painting: blowing pigment dissolved in saliva
on the wall...Spitting is a way of projecting vision
hearing the high falls hidden ahead.
hesitate at crossing a stream,
from rock to rock
where the Goddess' white hair
Sit on damp grass and talk about the clouds. Then traverse
a small dam with rusty gears,
and a wooden bridge that jumps beneath our feet.