Hemingway once said, "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." That is exactly the way many of us think about being in New Mexico's wilderness. You take it with you always.
William Hyland is an Automation Professional working in the Albuquerque/Rio Rancho area. He has eclectic interests that change without notice and a passion for writing poetry.
Step lightly on the narrow mountain path
Open your spirit to the world in a walking trance
Let the rhythm of heart and stride and breath
Empty your thoughts and leave your mind clean
Of stress and hurry and miasmic spiritual fog
Drink deeply from a clear mountain spring
Open your throat to the chill snow melt draught
Let the taste of purity course down into you
End your thirst and leave your mouth washed
Of the sour flavor of toxic crowded people
Breathe in the thin rush of cold mountain air
Open your lungs and inhale the rare tonic
Let the feel of the breeze eddy about your face
Enhanced by the ever present bouquet of scent
Of pine and rock, quaking aspen and wildflowers
Store the images deep and safe within your heart
Open them when you need relief from hard life
Let the memory replay with bright fidelity feelings
Engraved upon your spirit in solitary serenity
Of quiet content and pleasant contemplation
--William C. Hyland
Poetry submissions are welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.