scale

PowerPole

 

 

 

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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