(Inspired by Patrick Leigh Fermor)

In dark latitudes
beyond the mountains
clouds gather
fluorescent and frosted
in a disturbing array
with summer lighting

Unknown figures
in the wilderness
bode ill
with spells and charms
keep close
to spreading spokes
of campfire light

In unreported river islands
lies an atmosphere
of pre-historic survival
where children look
like the adults
the refuge of an otherwise
extinct species.


by John Kropf

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