Breathing summer

Dawson Falls in Wells Gray Park, British Columbia. Photo by Andrew Mackay
Dawson Falls in Wells Gray Park, British Columbia.
Photo by Andrew Mackay

Breathing summer
dappled sunlight like
black coffee,
bit by bit it filters through
to invigorate

every view stitched
into a quilt stored
in mind’s obscurity
brought out in
darker days
to warm one’s future
soul.

Through firs grown tall

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Forests of British Columbia, at Wells Gray. Taken by Andrew Mackay

Tendrils, grey
they slowly creep
deep through firs grown tall
pall, now dark descends
rends forests, long standing
branding hills with ashen scars
mars, once pristine, leaving,
grieving, wasteland borne
torn now asunder

In verdant decay

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, by Andrew Mackay
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, by Andrew Mackay

In verdant decay
the woods lie low, now
and wait for those that crawl
in humble obscurity
to give them new life

Some may fall with panache
shaking the forest floor
their final, primal scream

Others dissolve
giving one last gift
to their kin
and the countless
who’ve yet to sprout.