lapis lazuli is the color of my spiritual doorway
tourmaline, the color of our marriage
our house, guacamole, sporting both
the yellow and green of an avocado.
honey, the highlight color — stained doors, deck
and yellow cedar shake.
berry is the color of hunger and happiness.
but of all the colors abounding, the silver/green
lichen at the base of our massive cedars is the
this is the color of wisdom for me,
of patient abiding.
the forest is our Pacific Northwest teacher.
when the cedar is exploded by lightning
or thrashed to the ground by a winter wind
storm, its orange-red flesh disintegrates
into wild and weird castles.
after several months it breaks down further
into a soft duff that I love to walk through
when my feet are well stained
orange red, I am ready to join in their
moist and thoughtful sanctuary.
3 thoughts on “pacific-northwest resplendence”
All these colors come through a bit more vibrantly as I read and then reread your poem. You create quite a vivid scene for my mind’s eye. I now want to see these colors for myself in a trip to the Pacific Northwest.
Wonderful! I was entranced by the colors. I don’t live in the PNW but I love it – your poem brought me back! Thanks!
Your vivid imagery brought this poem to life for me. Lovely.