a dawning sun
over ash and maple
rock peppers the whelm
of soils’ graceful tumult
wind in the naked boughs
a triumph of woven glacier sculpting
undulation of stone, stock, and stipe—
the ridge and ravine don’t care that I’m here
the tongue stumbles on strange grasses
and brain falters with dumb bark
first glimpse of beech makes me known
lean into silence
cedarburg beech woods is a mesic forest of predominantly sugar maple, beech, and white ash. the southern section has glacial rolling topography and the northern lowlands are flatter with some boggy or marshy (i couldn’t tell which) areas. tremendous dawn hike.
thanks to the uw-field station staff for maintaining this site and for granting me permission to walk the lands!