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- Poet’s Corner Nature and Its Creatures: Views of Skiing
I stand tall above the line of freeze, so you may live in
exhilaration, with ease.
I open to show the sun and close to give snow for the run.
I put words on paper to stimulate your desire
for items the merchant has for hire.
The Inn Keeper
Your comfort without fettering also serves my fortune's
I make the bed upon which you lay your head.
You enjoy the slope and recreate my community's hope.
The Ski Shop
Your wishes I heed in stocking what you need.
The Shop Attendant
Your need creates my earnings.
My smile encourages your returnings.
I stand in cold tranquility awaiting the adventure within your
The Snow on the Slope
Created in the cold, I await the heat of your bold sliding
Whatever you need to create unrestrained fun, I contain.
In silence I wait 8 months to experience your emotional thrill
within my gates.
With hardened skin, I pardon the friction within you.
With pride I watch as your self-confident ride
expands your pleasured horizons.
I hold challenges that quietly await your boldness.
You want to expand, I withhold
to assure success
even in your bold excess.
With snow-heavy limbs I watch
your exuberant descent
on my mountain's brims.
The Jealous Bear
If so inclined to take such a crazy ride, on four pads I could
I must be a bit faster than your wildest near-disaster.
What you do, I cannot.
It is also true-you cannot graze on grass.
The Cave Bat
I cannot notice your delight,
I observe only within the darkness
The Mountain Cat
It is not your presence that interests me,
it is the wave of glee that shadows you.
Along the grey line of trees I move
listening to the sound of your sailing skis-
to the delicious call of a wild turkey.
The Field Mouse
In rapid motion I move with padded feet within narrow snow
hunting, escaping, hunting, escaping,
not so unlike your own darting,
then cautious moves.
I watch for the game you roust and scare,
the field mouse and the hare.
Skiers are of diverse sorts, requesting a hodgepodge of
paraphernalia in the lodge
including tasty beers of varied ports.