George Hitchcock

(2 June 1914 – 27 August 2010 / Hood River, Oregon)

Afternoon In The Canyon - Poem by George Hitchcock

The river sings in its alcoves of stone.
I cross its milky water on an old log—
beneath me waterskaters
dance in the mesh of roots.
Tatters of spume cling
to the bare twigs of willows.


The wind goes down.
Bluejays scream in the pines.
The drunken sun enters a dark mountainside,
its hair full of butterflies.
Old men gutting trout
huddle about a smokey fire.


I must fill my pockets with bright stones.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 9, 2012

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