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Skis With Bears

Sierra Glow ~d nelson

Sierra Peak’s Glow ~d nelson

He would escape occupation
of non stop media
tapping into & googling
his mind & essential being.

wet journey there

wet journey there

He sought that non-local place
before lyrics,
before Rolling Stones, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters;
before radio & rotary phones.

out of boundries

out of boundaries

Entering vast new spaces
where elements clearly rule,
welcoming all who dare
come to play there.

by in a blur

by in a blur

Initial release of knots
& stored energies went
swiftly down hills
towards physical relief.

seeing the signs

seeing the signs

Less frenzied revealed
ease in reading obvious signs
to slow, to glide, to appreciate
fresh air experienced
breathing in.

sunlight thru trees

sunlight thru trees

Looking at & seeing those gifts
of colors & shapes
that have been since
before human ancestors,
he smiles.

climbing higher

climbing higher

Striding & poling up
towards his higher aspiration
of inter-connectivity to what is
& has been since before
the beginning.

one of many mtns

one of many mtns

Trusting guidance from teachers,
inner wisdom & intuition
to chart a course
with no clear, guaranteed path.

Taking refuge in shelters
at each & every peak overcome
where nourishment & rest
revitalize his shining little light.

snow prints

snow prints

Tracks in the snow
transport his consciousness
to where there are no names,
no maps, no time;
just it;
this is it!

bear's stand-in

bear’s stand-in

His spirit joyfully skis
with bears who lived contentedly
in raw wilds of nature
& slept cozy in winter’s charm.
He asks that they
may awaken safely,
to harmoniously roam free, again.
May it be so for human beings
as well.

Sacred Shasta Snows

cloud veiled shasta sunset ~d nelson

cloud veiled Shasta sunset ~d nelson

Resting fully now
still held in a vortex
of sacred energies
over 16 thousand feet high.
I’m too tired to think,
from where, or how;
it hasta be Shasta
who offers a vibrant
wintry playground
upon frozen
life-giving
precipitation.

cruising on a groomed track

cruising on a groomed track

Thank you legs
for Nordic skiing
with mountain firmness
the slippery slopes,
icy crispness
and powdery freshness.

blustery stairway to heaven

blustery stairway to heaven

Thank you arms
for teamwork help
with legs
poling me forward
& keeping me upright
when the ground
was literally close at hand.

snow camp homestead

snow camp homestead

Thank you mind
for the idea to pilgrimage here,
but not thinking much
when unnecessary;
allowing for physical,
spiritual connections
to be fully experienced.

backcountry breaking trail

backcountry breaking trail

Thank you heart
for carrying the weight
with strength
of a friendship
that makes exertion
seem joyful & lighter
than a snowflake
falling from heaven
to mother earth.

Gratitude for these lungs
with each in-breath of chilled air
that all may enjoy a playful day,
and with each warm out-breath,
that all feel safe,
satisfied & connected
to what is real & sacred
in & surrounding them.

When On Water: Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Tracks

Angel on the right ~d nelson

Angel on the right ~d nelson

When drinking tea, it’s very pleasant to be aware that one is drinking a cloud ~Thich Nhat Hanh

With earth, sun and sky
I transform and renew.
Glide gently without a trace.
Please help me offer hydration & life to all
by using me wisely
and protecting me from toxins.