breaking news from Montana

or Mongolia or the Mosquito Coast

we cannot nor must not


travel the main road, an old

two-lane macadam patrolled

by soldiers and tanks, uniformly


against us, so we have no options

nothing else to do but cross this plank

runway, follow its rough-cut slab


boardwalk through the heart of this

forest-jungle, a timber avenue

untrodden, mythic in size, where no one


has dared pass to the foot of its

looming beam-tower, let alone

scale the redwood monolith rising


three hundred feet toward the sun

thick as the Empire State Building

and shouldered by boulders


an insurmountable climb we must

bound and fly like bird-men heroes

there’s no other way, impossible


improbable, the stuff of this dream

back home we admire its ominous

peak a blue-gray stone mystery


this monumental idol awash in squalls

of snow and rain though we don’t know

what it means nor how we scaled it


hiding here to sneak glimpses

from this curtained gable-window

we wonder what happened to the sun


that warmed the grained apron

and how we got here from there

to a different kind of silence, cloudy


no cedar-song on its shadow-side

scale means nothing and everything—yes

those troops are still rolling this way

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