Rock Paper Scissors: Chitkul
Once I cut out some magazine copy
that quoted the "O Pioneer!" author, Willa Cather:
“I like trees because they seem
more resigned to the way they have to live
than other things do."
I pasted the quote on a pencil box, and read it to myself for years.
Just be a Willa tree. Just be a Willa tree.
I lost that pencil box in a sudden move, and I lost my inner Willa tree, too.
Then I found these.
And I thought of my old friend Willa.
If only she had known magnificent rocks like these—rimrock,
she would have thought very differently of trees.
Poem by Melissa Alipalo