state natural area poems #8: the lower narrows

the bluff scarred yet beautiful

bedraggled columbine hanging red

i must weep for very life

lower narrows columbine

The Lower Narrows is a gorge in the Baraboo Range, an ancient mountain range exposed by erosion as a series of monadnocks composed mainly of Precambrian Baraboo Quartzite and rhyolite. The Baraboo River exits the range thru the Lower Narrows.

I climbed the nearly vertical mud path barefoot in the rain up thru part of the dry-mesic forest, huddled under an old water-resistant blanket. Communion.

Thanks to the Wisconsin DNR for keeping this land.

lower narrows 2

lower narrows 1

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