Monday, June 20, 2011

Epitaph, by a Pond.

Forgotten valleys are colder than remembered, as depression gullies out its place in the earth. The air holds a sweet stagnation in these places -- hooped and barreled between hills; fermenting, like a good wine.

Forgotten cabins are reminders that I am new to this land. Others have called it home long before. Yet, choosing these high valleys and harsh canyons for perhaps the same reasons...

...evidence that they were here. That, they lived. They lost. They won. They chopped wood and made supper. They sipped coffee, cowboy style. They loved here. They made love here -- on and to this land -- whoever lived in that home. And maybe, maybe they made love down by the pond too.

Here is their tombstone...its eyes still see what those closed now only dream...forgotten....


...ponds; waters still, holding my reflection close like just another cloud passing....

...to clear thoughts, to cast,

...to fish, thin like cattle wintered too long in harvested corn fields. Stalky. Yet, strong and wild. And forgotten fish? They know flies. They remember. And perhaps, this is why they were forgotten in the first place. They are no fools...



25 comments:

  1. Nice post. I really like the last photo with the curious canine too.

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  2. That cabin and pond capture the imagination, but your words captured the romance of the setting perfectly.

    ...they loved here. they made love here...

    Really beautiful. Cheers!

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  3. What can I say that hasn't already been said, you capture my imagination every day.

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  4. Very nice Erin! Wonderful Wordsmith you art thou !
    ;)

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  5. Yup you are just a young Jeremiah Johnson but you are learning quickly the ways of the mountains.

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  6. Jay - Thanks! And yep, Banjo has decided fishing is fun...interesting "things" come out of the water.

    Sanders - The place captured mine too. I'm going back! Many thanks! And congrats to you on your TU blog writing win! I'm looking forward to the posts coming out of that trip!

    Cofisher - I am glad, and honored, and thankful that I do. :)

    John - Ah, many thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Wordsmith? I feel as though I should have a hammer and anvil now. Cool. :)

    sgb - "Many a child journeys this high to be different. To get from here what their natures
    couldn't get them below....Can't cheat the mountain, pilgrim. Mountain got it..."- Bear Claw. Mama, I will take you to this pond. You too will fall in love...

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  7. A place lost to time...I love it.

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  8. I think we all need a place like that cabin, near some good fishing, great countryside and a place of solitude but i doubt we would last too long there :)

    Nicely put as usual Erin

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  9. "....on and to this land...."Nice.

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  10. I hadn't checked out you blog until this morning but now I'm hooked. I can see me sitting here all day but I have to get ready for an overnight carp trip.

    As someone once said,"I'll be back".

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  11. Excellence as always. I too am enamored when I come across an old homestead; my imagination takes me to yesteryear and the lives, deaths, joys and sorrows that each place has seen. Anytime I am in the mountains exploring, I find it profoundly spiritual.

    -stephanie

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  12. It's neat how each canyon is different. I'm always excited to see what awaits. That fish pic with the dog is great.

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  13. Love your way with words. Nothing pedestrian about them, they have wings. Always enjoy reading your post.

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  14. GoFisch - Ah, I do too...I never feel quite right or in place in this one...

    Herringbone - Thank you, poet friend! :) Isn't it true though...love can be "made" to things immaterial, and many who say they are making "love" are really only having sex...

    Dave - I am so glad you stopped by and "will be back" :) I hope your car trip gets packed for and that I am not to blame for things forgotten...and, I hope there will be fish involved in this trip?!

    Stephanie - Someone told me the other day, "would you rather be in church, thinking about fishing; or, in a trout stream thinking about God." My beliefs are always eddying...'tis why I prefer standing in a stream I guess... ;-) Thanks for commenting!

    Kev2380 - Exactly...always that wonderment about what is around the next "bend in the road." Banjo just wouldn't get his nose out of the photo, and I only have 2 hands, so dog-nose-in-the-photo it was. Glad you enjoyed it!

    Phillip - Wow, thank you so much! Words have wings...I will always think about this image now...

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  15. Tom - We do all need such a place, eh? Even, if only in our imaginations...thanks, as always, for your words...

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  16. Lovely post,the picture with the cabin and water beneath,looks like a place where a soul could be at total peace and at one with nature.

    Such things are taken for granted by too many in the rush of daily life.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Mark - Ahh, thank you! Indeed, it surely is one of those places....I am going back...soon!

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  18. Quill - Goodness...I didn't know it'd have quite that effect! ;)

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  19. All around me are abandoned and dilapidated farmsteads. I have a big collection of photos of what I find. Walk in big circles around the old house. It's amazing what people just throw out into the fields and woods. And they've been sitting out there for decades.
    With so much left behind, it's hard not to think about the people that were once there.

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  20. Ken G. - Exactly! It's impossible for me to not write stories in my head about these places...

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  21. Thanks, Rob! Those browns were smart!

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  22. Great piece of writing as usual , I can always count on your posts to transport me out of this thing called work to a place I'd much rather be..Thanks for that.
    Jeff

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  23. Jeff - ah, thank you! Your comment just transported me to a much better place than the work-chair in chair in which I now sit...so really, thank you! :)

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