Dorr Mountain

I climbed a mountain!
In Acadia
a peak experience

6 miles or so
(phone turned off part way)

I sketched the summit
in pencil to

Point-Eastside Loop

seems too far to walk
phone records 3.5 miles
but it was longer

twisting turning trails
inside Crabtree Neck Preserve
totally lost my sense of direction

I’ve been here before
but last time I thought it
was northwest, this time, southeast

clearly coming out on Point Road
at the same place, marked by a boat
and a spruce tree, house with picket fence

head home via Eastside road
a long walk with animal
companions –

snake lies across the trail
in a patch of sun, yet still too
sluggish with cold to be alarmed by me

horses at the horse farm
looking up as I pick the apples
on the nearby trees

rabbit lies motionless at the roadside,
water glinting in its eye
maybe its last moments? or already passed

collection of shiny blue black beetles
clustered on a weed leaf
cheering them on, go on eating, live!

3.5? miles

poetry crawl

Not officially a walk
but qualifies, being as it’s called a crawl

Blue Hill Word Festival
four poets, four locations

Henry Finch, wine shop “Key Largo”
Mikhu Paul, book store “Catch”
Beatrix Gates, MAE, “The Poems of Vikram Babu”
Carl Little, Cynthia Winings Gallery, “The Ellsworth Suite”

with a finale at the
Congregational Church

Stuart Kestenbaum, maker and poet of the light within

melissa christine goodrum, mover and shaker,
with accompaniment by
John Gallagher and
Danny Fisher-Lochhead