Unfinished Mountain Finished with Words

Scattered woods below forest — signed
with precise top rims on the rockfalls
edge of the up-slopes falling away

in perfectly unrepresented space, the grass
at my feet a splash of lamp-black

pencil-lines for rocks ignored by the brush
and an aspen trunk pretty much just paper
raw in a forest of ink

Three hours in and twilight stilling the path


Inscribed in sky: same range, seen from a higher point

line = form, colour = light
and shadow passing precisely
though incongruently

clouds strike upward in front of the mountain
tossing bits of white paint out of the blue

and then, at left, a brown cloud, pencil-scribbled

The avalanche follows that unpainted curve
dead center on the dark slope

and the lines are barely under, barely there

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