The Way to Windy Ridge

Tim McNulty


The mountain is a window


        on the moment of creation.

From it ragged skirts

a fresh and hungry world unfurls.


Sinuous canyons, brushy slopes

and high windy ridges—

where we

                for the moment

        enter into its story.


The view from here is more powerful,

daunting, yet flush with hope

                for this damaged earth


than anyone dared imagine.

From In the Blast Zone, page 20. (OSU Press, 2008)

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