Gulf Islands

On the green mountain

Lofty, cool-blue breeze

Hover and flit between stalwart trees

Silvery brains and diaphanous wings

Measure out the tune of mysterious things

Double-winged guardians might put into words

Evading eyes and beaks of birds

Tales that are ancient, long-lived


Before islands below in the sea, far-ranging

Echoes from peak to peak that bring

Those sentinels catching the light on a wing

Adventurers traversing the heated air

Sisters and brothers

On Heaven’s low stair

– Mount Maxwell, Salt Spring Island, July 2013


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