This time last year I was in Alaska visiting a family friend who is also a fabulous kayak guide. For a change of pace, here is one of my poems from the trip. These are actual names of climbing routes. The poem is also found in my book, Inner Sunset.
Frozen Waterfall Climbing Routes In South Central Alaska Son of Khan, Bottom Feeder, Genghis—Flame Out. No Cigar for the Ptarmigan Couloir or Death Lizard, but a Mutiny at the Iron Curtain, Yellow Fever, the BackWash became The Lunar Landing — a 3-Ring Circus. Fate Is A Hunter, Dirty Harry, Mad Dog, a Fistful of Snargs, and Vice Gripped by a Tall Man and an Urban PlowBoy. Sand Castles of a Dog Day give Tunnel Vision, then SkyView of the Rainbow Bridge. It’s all a Skin Game, Touch and Go to Organ Pipes then Walk In The Woods and Pinwheel on a Blue Ribbon Ripple of Indecision. FishRack Traverse Blue Funk to LineUp on the Spruce Pitch, turn a Baby Face of Death Valley Daze to RipTide and Serenity Falls.