Welcome, One Stop One Shot Wednesday visitors!!! LC's work normally appears on Sunday, but I thought you good folks would appreciate it, too.
Not really "by popular demand," although LC made a splash (hehehe). Just thought I would make Sunday his day...as often as I can...because it amuses me, no end, for reasons all my own. So without further ado, here's my darker half's offering, accompanied by a lovely John Muir sketch:
By Lemuel Crouse
Alone, awash amidst this sea of spruce
and pine I sit. Into the rising fog
I gaze as if to see some mystic realm.
Enchantment drew me to this holy hill
by promising a glimpse of heaven's bliss,
but haze and heavy clouds obscure my view.
The gloom, my doom it is, I think, to see.
What is it like to dream of future days
and not of nightmares past? The wintry blasts
come howling through my brain. Yet on the winds
of pain a solitary snowflake floats.
Someday the snow will fall and bury all
my shame beneath its pristine flow, and I
will know at last a season of new hope.
(John Muir sketch courtesy of: http://www.yosemite.ca.us/john_muir_writings/the_mountains_of_california/chapter_8.html)