Park Trails II

You can walk ahead. You walk downhill
much faster,
my date Randy tells me.

And I do, running downhill but wheezing
uphill over many branches and bridges.

I did see salmonberry and blackberry,
Himalayan blackberry.

We walk and bounce across three
suspension bridges.

I did not see the Western Scrub Jay,
the Western Red Backed Salamander
or I did not see the Western broad starflower.
I did notice a banana slug, almost trampling it,
climbing up another corner, another switchback.

I did see salmonberry and blackberry,
Himalayan blackberry.

I did see the remains of the Hairy Woodpecker
on the remains of the hairy, mossy looming Red Alder,
the Big-Leaf Maple, the many Douglas Fir and
several Western Red Cedar.

We hiked up a middle creek trail to a high bridge,
then north creek trail to other trails.


Nicole Taylor

About Nicole Taylor

Nicole currently has no MFA's, many hopeful projects, a variety of styles and a wide variety of subjects. She has been accepted at 4 and 20 Journal - online nature poetry, Camel Saloon, Cirque, Clackamas Literary Review, Gloom Cupboard, Hyperlexia Journal - nature and camping, Just Another Art Movement - New Zealand, KenAgain, Miller's Pond, Monkey Bicycle, Neglected Ratio - two surrealistic poems, Outlaw Poetry, Pemmican Journal, Phantom Kangaroo, Portland Alliance, Queen Bee Collective - online nature journal from Eugene, Red Fez - Canada, Snow Monkey, Symmetry Pebbles, Tiger's Eye, West Wind Review and many other publications. She blogs at,, 
and, a collection of Oregon poets with written and audio poetry available online through Lewis & Clark College in Portland.
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