Gothic Basin in the Cascades Mountain Range


A Poem by James K. Papp

Where Do I Want to Be Right Now?


Mountain meadows

Heather, lichens and firs

Yellow cedars and a stream.

Ridges desolate

Waiting to be walked upon.

Mountain views

Rarified air of elevation

Asking attention.

Hillsides shouldering

The silent wind.

The last light of dusk

Making the evergreens

So deep in their darkness.

This is the place.