Thursday, November 8, 2012

FF55, 11/8/12, Scraping Heaven

The echo of thin footing
in a cold shifting mist

is buffeted by wind
through small white crosses

dotting the presidential range
running 25 miles with granite

peaks above the tree line.
Wraiths of history and mystery
seem to twine starkly with our creator,

way high on the Appalachian Trail
in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

                  I was lost in the stacks at our library briefly yesterday,
searching for an author who wrote about local history of the Quabbin Resevoir,
(Ware, Ma.)What I landed on was just as good, because I love The Appalachian Trail
 as well! and this is a book encompassing legends and tales spanning its
 fabulous length.Thanks to the great research and creative telling of a long time hiker: JR "Model T" Tate. From 2006.


Margaret said...

The Appalachian Trail
as well! and this is a book encompassing legends and tales spanning its
fabulous length.

I hope you are inspired to do a few posts. The first stanza is haunting and the fifth stanza is lovely as well.

G-Man said...

I've been there many times, and you nailed this perfectly IzzyBella
I even remember The Old Man on the Mountain before he crumbled away...
Loved your Inspirational 55
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Brian Miller said...

oh that would be wonderful...i have hiked this end...and slept against a few of the trees as well...

really wonderful, was not sure where you were going...great imagery though...

Cloudia said...

I well remember the Old Man of Franconia!

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Anonymous said...

You make me pine for it. Thankfully it is not too far from me.

Eric (Bubba) Alder said...

Sounds like an interesting walk, Izzy!

Yvonne Osborne said...

I always thought it'd be a life's feat to walk the trail. isn't going to happen, but perhaps I'll make the Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge. I love the image you evoke of all those white crosses.

hedgewitch said...

I love the delicate feeling of nature breathing in the background in your words, and I think the Appalachian Trail is absolutely fascinating history--I read a book about it a few years ago and was amazed.

Daydreamertoo said...

Your imagery is lovely. The Appalachian Trail sounds like a wonderful place to see.
Great 55.

Linda said...

Wonderful 55. I have heard of the old man in the mountain, and may have seen it many years ago.

Other Mary said...

Wonderful mood evoked here, almost mystical. Of course the only thing I've ever read about the Trail is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Much different tone. This is a lovely 55 Izzy.

Alice Audrey said...

I thought at first you were talking about Gettysburg.

Mama Zen said...

This is lovely, and that book sounds awesome!

Lydia said...

Excellent. I love "wraiths of history and mystery" and you really make me want to see this place so much.

Akelamalu said...

Great 55! Thanks for visiting mine and I apologise for my lateness in getting to yours. :)