Summer 1987 • Vol. IX No. 3 Poetry |

Two Travelers, Maroon Lake, Colorado

You slide out of the mummy baguncurling like a fiddlehead fernas if our feet could root, our armsstretch around a new life nowherebut here: wild asparagus, alpine honey,a trail cutting between hemlock and blue sprucetoward private sunsets on West Maroon Pass.Over the lake a kingfisher rattlesalarm: another week and the slow tonnageof gold will pour off the aspens.Each black-veined leaf that drops in your lapis inked with an indelible eviction.If we leave a few bones in the firepit,if we take the smoke in our hairand our skin rubbed sweet with sageand wild fennel, what is thatto this sanctuary? A flock of migrantslifts off the lake, the wind polishesthe Maroon Bells to an icy gleam.Tomorrow morning that wind will erasethe shapes of our sleep from the grass,and the kingfisher renewits prehuman covenant with the lake,a sliver of live rainbow in its beak.By noon an over-the-shoulder glancefrom the far shore will compress this scene—grass, water-glitter, the feathery evergreens—into

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