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Sleepwalking from Malheur

David B. Ring

Step by step, Steens Mountain
rises in wide and rippling waves
of grass that hide its gradual height,
till we come to the edge of Kiger Gorge
and look down amazed at its long meadows
where toy cattle, tiny as ants,
quietly graze in the green below.
Further we come to the final escarpment,
and look out east to the Alvord Desert,
while the land takes a fall below our feet,
breaking the dream of the drowzing slope
in an eager plunge to the arid plain.

Step by step, we stalk the edge,
the choice not taken, the tipping point.
Will we awake? Will we go on?


Copyright © David B. Ring, 2010