The Long Trail / Appalachian in Vermont: Little Rock Shelter, August 12th, 2014
Bliss was one of a lovely thru-hikers Debbie and I met at this shelter. She was very self-sufficient, happy, and calm. I envied her cooking pots and tent. I recently purchased one that resembles hers. She is an anthropologist who spends a good deal of time in nature, and who studies the trails that humans make, including the pilgrimage routes in Europe.
Here, on the appalachian trail
I am learning to speak
to sing in the language of birds
Who only acknowledge what is real.
-to herald nightfall
Birds name no thing
Yet their voice makes the land more
Sounding again and again
“The Earth is Beautiful
The Earth is Beautiful”
Song wafting on the Spruce and Feathered air.