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Journey to Spirit Mountain

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Journey to Spirit Mountain

Minter Bridge Road to Burkhalter Lane
Alpaca farms dot the hilly terrain, baby llamas
Wear thick curly fur, until the shears come
They look really funny when the fur is all gone

From the top of Chehalem, a significant drop down
Now into Newberg a quaint little town
Velvet moss cloaks the ivy in emerald green
Entwined through a forest of Juniper trees

On to Spirit Mountain, Grand Rhonde’s old legend
Where old spirits dwell, their holiness beckons
It’s best to go slow in a horse powered engine, that
Would have impressed the Pony Express, the
Ghosts of Rogue River's tribes of Kalapuya
Smoking peace pipes in wigwams
On the banks of Nestucca 






KA/ 2003

Note:  A place where you can truly feel the old spirits dwell. Kalapuya (Calapooya) means “wealthy way of life”. A semi-nomadic people who lived in permanent winter villages (near present day Portland, Oregon) and traded with their neighbors of Northern California, Oregon Coast and Columbia River tribes.

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  1. Date: 5/8/2014 6:35:00 PM
    Hi Karen, What a magical soul journey this write took me on. Incredibly beautiful descriptions and imagery. Thank you so much for sharing this write with us. Peace, Deborah

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 5/9/2014 8:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
  1. Date: 11/16/2013 8:25:00 PM
    You have really captured the spirit of this place and those who dwelled here. Wonderful reading. SuZ

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 11:36:00 PM
    It's just as if you have lived in those days, you describe it so well. I really get a sense of your love for this place.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 9/8/2013 1:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Andrea...i was mesmirized by the experience and grateful for it ,:)
  1. Date: 9/7/2013 11:36:00 AM
    nicely written images, Karen , I live in Astoria Oregon for two yrs. Went to Portland a few times, besides Washington. Love the land up there. Thank you for liking my Belladonna, "I watch the carnival of lost souls. Watch them all in their caravan". I thought about taking that line out, but I liked it too much ;}

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 9/7/2013 11:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Debbie, I know people who are familiar with the Northwest would recognize these areas. Loved living there :)
  1. Date: 9/1/2013 5:07:00 PM
    Quite descriptive.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 9/2/2013 11:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for commenting...much appreciated :)
  1. Date: 8/30/2013 2:09:00 PM
    I love this , I feel the sage and Carlos nakai , a Native Indian Flute player , always slowing me down to appreciate what I have . what a beautiful piece .

    Rain Avatar Shanity Rain
    Date: 8/30/2013 2:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I live in surrounding Portland metropolis , a huge city with forest all over ! Where is this ?
  1. Date: 8/23/2013 6:37:00 AM
    You've managed a uniquely natural description here...very different from what I'm used to. It paints quite the picture...My kinda stuff!!

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/23/2013 6:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Caleb, thank you for the nice comment.
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 7:36:00 PM
    "Alpaca farms dot the hilly terrain, baby llamas Wear thick curly fur, until the shears come" favorite image, so that i can almost feel the encompassing coolness of the low lying cloudsbms

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/23/2013 6:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for the precise interpretation. It's a road I've taken many times and forever burned in my memory
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 2:56:00 PM
    Very good poem! Your words flow nicely here. And, your poems have such amazing imagery! Well done, once again.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/17/2013 7:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Kelly, thank you for the nice comments :)
  1. Date: 8/14/2013 8:05:00 PM
    Sweet Karen, thanks for sharing this. Reverie is beautiful and brings memories of a time when things always seem better than they actually were. Precious times are remembered by the heart... memories rely on the brain.... Love ya.... Jake

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/14/2013 8:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Jake, thank you for your in depth comment. I am glad you enjoyed this poem and I will always remember the spiritual experiences found there. Have a splendid evening :)
  1. Date: 8/13/2013 5:01:00 PM
    hi Karen as well as being very informative this is also quite lovely Shadow x smiles

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/13/2013 7:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Shadow...thank you for your lovely words *smiles*
  1. Date: 8/13/2013 11:00:00 AM
    Sounds like heaven filled with sweet happy spirits..nicely written Karen...

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/13/2013 11:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Donna, thank you ...it really is a spiritual experience... :)
  1. Date: 8/11/2013 6:06:00 PM
    Karen, it is so awesome to appreciate everything around us and thank you for sharing these memories.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/11/2013 8:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    craig, thank you for sharing your comments. Much appreciated :)
  1. Date: 8/11/2013 12:05:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading this one again. I had commented before but for some reason it didn't post. You have weaves a very emotional piece.

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/11/2013 8:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Richard, I appreciate the detail comments. It's nice to know the words we put together produce an effect so that someone else can enjoy the vibes. Thank you :)
  1. Date: 8/10/2013 5:25:00 PM
    Packing my bags as I speak! LOL Great descriptive write! Thanks for sharing Karen... hugs xoxoxox

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/11/2013 8:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Jack, thank you and I know you would love the experi.ence ..have a beautiful day
  1. Date: 8/10/2013 6:46:00 AM
    What a beautiful scene you have created. Loved it

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/10/2013 8:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Monterey, thank you for visiting, your comments are much appreciated
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 7:39:00 PM
    Nice...sounds like finding one's own solitude on those settings. Dalila

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/10/2013 8:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Dalila, Solitude perfectly describes it, thank you :)
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 5:24:00 AM
    What a cool flow, really love the words and feeling that comes with this place....somewhere that I would like to know:) ty4sharing really enjoyed reading....cherie

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/10/2013 8:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hello Cherie, thank you for taking the journey :)
  1. Date: 8/8/2013 12:22:00 PM
    Reads like an interesting place..I think that sometimes if we were to get really still and quiet that we could feel and hear the spirits of those who trod here before...Sara

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/8/2013 5:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sara...there is no question about it :)
  1. Date: 8/7/2013 9:46:00 PM
    Just the way this poem is written makes me want to visit

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/8/2013 5:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much
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