Banff, Alberta, Canada
Intellectuals at a conference:
struttin' citations, waxin' words
If I could embrace huge steady mountains,
hold them lovingly within,
how unmoved I would be
I'd rather sight a magpie, tail deep
of green in midday sun; meander with sureness
of elk, muscles poised and precise
I'd rather ponder a crystalline breeze;
site a lake turned turquoise: billions of melted
snowflakes flowing pure over muddied rocks
I'd rather count gems on our mother's rocky
mountain breasts; let the lullaby of stillness
-- alive, alert silence -- sift through my veins,
cleansing the need for ideas
- Sue Holloway
~ in Writing Nature, Summer, 1995
With permission from J. Parker Huber, Editor/Publisher, Writing Nature.
The Banff wilderness area, in Alberta, Canada, features towering, snow-capped mountains and lakes of pure, crystalline water. The elk were very wild, yet they passed from the vast national Park into the town of Banff; sunned beside the river, and disregarded humans, who came within feet of them. The fuzzy boundaries -- manmade categories, ignored -- were an epiphany on wildness-as-freedom. (This last photo is of the elk near a motel along the river.)
Getting a taste of God's creation as it should be!
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