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Uncharted Courses

Sixty thousand pounds One hundred sixty horses Snorting like leviathan On uncharted courses Eleven feet of width Thirty-two of reach Tank-like tracks that crush the rock With a metallic screech Carving up the hillside With the greatest ease Playing toss with boulders Plucking up huge trees A tree that falls is heard Some even make a sigh A sound that makes me wince I will not tell a lie Progress can be brutal On nature, we intrude We like to make an entrance Loud and brash and rude I tell myself the openings Make room for trees to grow Or so I justify; I’m pretty good, you know Deftly flicking boulders Smoothing out the dirt Yard by yard he moves along Master craft at work It’s not for the timid Or the faint of heart Carving trails on mountainsides Truly is an art We’ve started every morning Briefly, with a prayer For Shawn and for his safety And for God’s presence there Hard to juxtapose Stewardship, dominion: The beauty there down in the vale, Diesel-powered pinions In time, the forest will forget And cover up our scars For now, I walk His wooded trail At night, beneath His stars.

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Date: 11/14/2022 8:14:00 PM
Wow, a story of the lumberjack? Jeff, just love the sentiment the care, the power of the Drot, or caterpiller. i use to drive one many years ago. The poetry is truly superb, and yes a journey into 'Uncharted Courses' A Fav. Harry
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Jeff Kyser
Date: 11/15/2022 3:28:00 AM
We’ve been using a “midsize” John Deere excavator to create a Jeep trail from our house down to the valley below. Quite an adventure, amazing to watch. Thanks for the read and so glad you enjoyed it!
Date: 11/12/2022 9:30:00 AM
A beautiful poem, well-written, showing your love of nature and your desire to see her preserved while still serving our needs. Good stuff, Jeff.
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Date: 11/12/2022 6:54:00 AM
This one gave me the chills! Especially your last couplet. Thank you!!
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Date: 11/12/2022 5:51:00 AM
Wow! I love it. I had no idea where it was going, but I enjoyed the path it etched in my mind and the images I explored as I continued to read your poem, and reached its meaningful conclusion. Well done!
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Jeff Kyser
Date: 11/12/2022 6:24:00 AM
Thanks so much, Martin - for the read and the gracious comments.