Poetry ~Vertigo

This poem, along with three others, was written a few weeks ago during a severe bout of vertigo. Whenever I closed my eyes, the world began to spin. There was no chance of sleep, so my brain went into verse mode.

the walls of my mind
are no longer square or plum
i'm off kilter
walking sideways against the grain
out of alignment with the right-sided world
my safe haven: stillness
where poetry flows
like a river in reverse
spilling words onto the page
scattered in a dizzying array
of possibilities
creating the abstract verse
of vertigo


Poetry ~ The Summit

one day, i will summit the mountain
after i finish climbing this hill
i will traverse the river valley
where the waters run still

one day, i will summit the mountain
on a full sturgeon moon at Lamas
and cast shadows in the high grass
knowing i have fulfilled my promise

one day, i will summit the mountain
with a new perspective and a clear view
when my life below the mountain has passed
on the summit my life begins anew
This poem is dedicated to my brother. Todd, who left this world too soon. I will see you on the mountain, Bubba


Poetry ~ The Herd

in the still of an early August morning
the cracking of branches sounded their presence
with the squint of an eye they appeared
moving slowly through the tall grass and downed trees 
large, dark creatures foraging on the land
their leader appeared in all his glory
antlers rising high above the long meadow grass
a proud king with his crown
his harem following dutifully behind
the infamous elk herd of the highlands
another day in paradise on the homestead 
The Elk King
Video by Sue Viseth
The Cow Elk
video by Sue Viseth