We paddled 175km over nine days in northern Saskatchewan, sharing food, laughter, mosquitoes, and tons of fun with friends to inspire the following poem 🙂
I wait on a beach in Northern Saskatchewan
for aurora borealis to arrive.
My friends, modern nomads, tuck in
to yellow, blue, orange and green domes.
Sandstone hills and evergreen trees rise
above marshy grass.
Beneath a still surface
river current slides north toward Arctic,
mirror images of its shoreline
reaching for heaven.
Night hawks shoot skyward
wings bugling a haunting tune.
mosquitoes attack my ears
the world settles into a bedtime routine.
I think about waking up the others
with bear bangers on the beach.
Sights and sounds flow
rolling me along the river of life
Radiant sunlight filters through
a canopy of leaves
scattered across my smooth surface
solar energy touching my rocky being
Rain drops add to the river
cares and worries pitter patter around me
howling wind and icy hail
roil the waters
Vibrant birds alight
colorful refractions shimmer across my hard surface
a dancing sparkle in the water
and peck and peck
then fly away
graceful wings growing smaller in the distance