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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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