A Stillness Rose

A Stillness Rose

First hike down    a stumble,
new boots in bluish light.
I stand up dizzy, staring

past rippled stone to water,
through rippling water to stone,
the setting sun
angling prismatic.

Full-moon switchbacks,
purple shadow walls,
the light changes

and I start over
differently. I need the turns,
the time, the roar
of the blazing river 

imprinted on my mind.

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Carol L. Deering has twice received the Wyoming Arts Council Poetry Fellowship (2016, judge Rebecca Foust; 1999, judge Agha Shahid Ali). Her poems appear in online and traditional journals and anthologies, and in her first book, published fall 2018: Havoc & Solace: Poems from the Inland West (Sastrugi Press).  http://www.sastrugipress.com/books/havoc-and-solace/