Bio Note: I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where I wake every morning to a beautiful view of The Peak, the highest summit in Ashe County, North Carolina. The Peak has become my muse—sometimes personified, sometimes male, sometimes female, sometimes a reflection of myself, and always a source of inspiration and strength. I've published three full-length poetry books, and my chapbook Selfie with Cherry was released last month by Glass Lyre Press. I own and operate Tiny Cabin, Big Ideas™, a small cabin I rent to poets and writers who need a quiet place to work.
Gonna be another long day, I sigh, thinking of errands and chores that can’t wait. I overslept and feel out of sorts. Would you rather have a short day? the mountain asks. Framed in the sliding glass door, its slope is etched in frost, and even from a distance, I can see almost every single tree. No, of course not, I answer. Then be careful what you wish for. Be grateful. The light is getting shorter every day. Easy for you to say, I think. You don’t have to do a blasted thing but stand there for another 480 million years with no worries no obligations, nothing. It’s one of those stay- out-of-my-dang-business Mondays. I start the coffee.
Sundown, You'd Better Take Care
I was writing a poem about fog when suddenly, I looked up from my notebook and the sky was on fire. Grabbing my phone, I hurried outside to catch it. If you wait—even for one breath—it’s too late. Darkness descends so quickly. I took three photographs—one of the smoke-gray mountain with plume of pink clouds rising like an exclamation mark, one of blazing skies on the ridge, and one of tiger-striped clouds behind a December oak. Hold onto the world’s burning beauty. Seize the light that (like love) flees so soon you wonder, Did he feel what he said he felt? Shivering, I went back inside. Tonight it will snow. Then, before you know it, it will melt.
©2022 Beth Copeland
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