Sojourner in a Mountainous Landscape
These thousands of tall, skinny spruces--
tracing the mountains like wicked staircases--
each enrobed in midnight green speckled
with pale aqua when the full moon
comes to rest atop her effulgent throne.
The living waters, those many streams,
are like veins under human flesh,
their silvered scintillation like
a half-hidden heartbeat.
I wish I could pour myself into this land,
or soar as metallic light above it,
or become the high-hung, whorled branches,
my needles forming a thousand
Lessons from the Yukon
Falcon-spread, emerald spruce. Svelte lodgepole pine.
A steady wind with ephemeral clouds. Water-mirror.
The undulations of green-grown hills and mountains.
Here is circumscription, defied. Like I Am Who I Am.
Our attempts to paint the land, defied, no matter
The colors used, or figures enslaved, or whether words
Be simple, abstract, or grandiloquent. There is only
The chance to describe. Imperfectly. And reflect.
And reflect. To see our imperfections in what is perfect.
To see what we might be, knowing that
What we might be won't compare to this.
The Watcher's Query
In the wind's whimsical dance,
in the subtle, soothing play
of bright sun and dark cloud--
at dawn, at noon, at night--
I listen throughout for
the soft waving of oak branches,
the scratch of palm leaves
against themselves, the protest
of yellow hibiscus blooms,
the riot of cordyline, like a commotion
in bright purple, the restless waves of
bougainvillea in permanent green
and garish violet, the ixora's stance
in stolid, impenetrable yellow,
the lily's stutter in mellow green and blue--
and I suddenly wonder:
do all these precious gifts--
uniquely moving, singularly inspiring--
listen to us?
Bryan Damien Nichols was born in Hourna, Louisiana, on August 30, 1978. He earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in Philosophy from Baylor University, and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He has practiced law both in Houston and in Texas' Rio Grande Valley. Bryan currently lives in Los Fresnos, Texas, with his loving wife, Michelle.