Above Hoh Valley
Featured Image: Hoh Valley, courtesy of Olympic National Park
By Tim McNulty
“Above Hoh Valley” originally appeared in Ascendance, 2013
In the late slant of mountain light,
a silver ribbon follows after itself.
River music lifts
through spruce and hemlock
a mile below.
A low sea of cloud
hems the foothills
while a finger of mist
sifts past the first swells or mountain,
Along a furrow
in a sandstone wall,
the slightest star-shaped flower
steals something from the southern sky.
Snow trickles in a still pool;
a sheet of glass
widens across the stars.
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