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Free Land

Beyond the paved two-lane with its solid centerline,
and bounded by NO TRESPASS signs; 
beyond the turn-off onto gravel and the last barking dog 
who keeps pace with my hubcap; 

to a landing where I park my car and walk away: 
no signs of ownership, no gate.
Just a path that skirts a swale; up to a clearing 
fringed with black-oak blazing green.

I push through underbrush thick 
with deadfall leaves, beyond where miners dug 
and gouged and left it all behind.
Land no one has tamed.

Abruptly, I’m at the edge of canyon.
Far below, the river churns from upcountry, 
down granite, grinding its way west. 
No vineyard terraces, no homes with a view. 

Just the wild lavender of distance 
verging into forest viridian. Land owned by none 
and everyone, where, if I watch my step, 
I can still walk free.

Copyright © Taylor Graham

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  1. Date: 4/2/2011 11:24:00 AM
    this is lovely. my favorite stansa is the last I can just see it now a field full of lavender.