Cracked wood stumps. Rusted iron nails. Salvaged ancient rock. Green ferns in frosts and grasses billowing. Swollen sun pines and mountain oaks faint ghosts. Wild boughs in sanctuary seeking sympathy.

Fragrant wash of juniper drained dry on wilting greens. Tired patina collecting on stone. The bedrock monuments exposed ceremony. Fired soils draw back to verdant moss on bones. Storms swirl up edges rich with berries.

A sharp morning trips down to raw wood. Green algae blooming on pallid paint relief. Sacrifice once a year their shift in Summer's scrubby soil. Buckthorn patches ripe all seasons snake the mountain by, low sward of golden harvest ablaze and spreading.

[Cut-up, from August 2022 entries].

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