From the Hillside

looking down at the river

the hillside is a good place
to stand and watch
as nothing much (it seems)
happens down there

burnt trees from a fire
that burned for miles

once they were green
but lightning struck
(fire burned for days)

the sweep of the river
bare blackened trunks

they sing us a history
somewhat stark present
slightly dubious future

still there are fish
in glacial fed waters

green water for days
healthy half frozen trout

so few places remain 
where a person might
wish to explore

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