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Eric Walter

 The Next Good Rain



The dim trails we must sometimes follow


have never felt before


the print of humans or their boots,


only the hooves and claws of those


who in their ageless migrations


have inscribed the land in this careful way




Caribou, moose, wolf and grizzly


we encounter their tracks frequently


in creek bottoms or on a ridge's crest


and we place our own among them


understanding that we have changed the path


but that the next good rain


will wash us all away





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