ferns waving flank
our footsteps, hornworts, bedrock
chainsaw echo on dolomite
ankles ache below beech and hemlock
the sedge softness and alkaline marsh
tramping earth while we draw breath
if beech trunks aflame
won’t tell us of heaven
what on earth will?
meridian state park is a forest, alkaline marsh, and sedge meadow on an isthmus between kangaroo lake and lake michigan in door county, wisconsin. the prominent outcropping of the niagra escarpment is something else, but so is the wood and the marsh. tremendous. thanks to door county for tending this land, and the workers who were there clearing trails as we walked them.