Glacier National Park, Montana
High brush huckleberry
greet me on the open slopes.
Common beargrass lures me
to the streams where parsnip
and wholeberry hide in the shade.
Colorado columbine climbs along t
he canyon trails marked with wide fruit
mariposa lilies, their purple stains.
Goldenrod and paintbrush also color the path.
Yellow monkey flowers and elephant heads troop
along beside purple monkshood praying
in the shade of fringed gentian
at the meadow’s edge, while harebells
sound in the breeze and turn my thoughts to wild
blue phlox and my heart to fireweed.