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Ginkos

By Ann Driggers

A ginko is a walk taken by poets to inspire the writing of haikus, a form of Japenese poetry, usually evoking a particular experience or scene in nature. As I hike, run and ride my way around western Colorado this glorious fall I have, at times, turned them into ginkos. Here are my attempts, both written and visual, to capture the beauty of the season as it wanes towards winter:

A harsh north wind blew -

What color is laid upon

the earth a tapestry so rich.

Indian summer -

Savor blue skies and warm sun

For the birds fly south.

And then...

Mountainsides barren

Silver grey streaked with white

As winters cloak drops.

The forest stands gaunt,

desiccated, past glories

cast off into the wind.

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