Old Growth

Among windfalls
and the slow seepage of time,
the path is pliant with pine needles.

Smoke from a fisherman’s campfire
rises like incense through the trees.

Firs spire into clouds,
while mist drifts through boughs
as in the beginning of sleep.

The sound of a step travels no farther
than thick carpets of moss and debris.

Whoever you were when you started
is no longer true. Even the garter snake knows
how to leave its old self behind.

 

Mark Thalman

About Mark Thalman

Mark Thalman is the author of Catching the Limit, published by 
Fairweather Books (2009). His work has been widely published 
for four decades. Thalman’s poetry has appeared in Carolina 
Quarterly, CutBank, Pedestal Magazine, and Verse Daily,among 
others. He received his MFA from the University of Oregon, and 
he has been teaching English in the public schools for 34 years. 
Thalman is the editor of poetry.us.com. For more information 
please visit markthalman.com.
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