Mountaintop Poetry Poem by Kim Barney

Kim Barney

Kim Barney

I was born in a bank - - my mother went there and made a deposit

Mountaintop Poetry

Rating: 4.9

It was written in the trees
and I saw it the first time
when the sun was coming up
and there was a gentle breeze.

The morning of my first hunt
for deer; I was sixteen.

Near the top of Poison Hollow
some deer tracks had been seen.
I started out to follow them
not knowing where they led.

I thought that I might find a deer
but found a poem instead.

Quaking Aspens make a fine canvas;
white and smooth is the bark.
A thin cut hardly shows at first
but over time turns dark.

Barely visible when first made
if done correctly; just keep
low pressure with a thin blade
and not more than a fourth-inch deep.

Years later your words appear in black
upon the white tree trunk
and I found the poem there
in that little grove of 'quakies'.

A beautiful poem it was,
three verses written on three trees
standing side by side.

The author even signed his name
and the year:
eighteen eighty-nine!

How I wish I had taken
a camera with me that time!

In my twilight years
I no longer recall his name
nor the contents of the poem
except that the meter
and the rhyme were perfect
and I felt uplifted
after reading it.

I'd love to find it, but don't see how,
those trees would be long gone by now;
they were already old at the time.

Now in the mountains, when I hike,
I carry a magazine,
water bottle, notebook, pen
and several other things.

If you see Mr. H. G. Wells,
please tell him I would like
to borrow his time machine!

Mountaintop Poetry
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: life
Based on a true experience.
There were trees there with even earlier dates, some from the 1870's.
The latest dates were from the 1930's.

Written 03 December 2014
Recife, Brazil
soren Barrett 04 April 2022

A lovely story. I too have seen initials and words written on these trees and when I was young put my initials on them. But the message I took from this was beauty and memories are far better than killing and destruction,

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Dutendra Chamling 12 December 2015

Beautiful poem, indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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Grace Jessen 16 December 2014

I like this poem very much. I once put a poem (not my own) on an aspen, but never saw the tree again. Well done!

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Bull Hawking 07 December 2014

Kim, I like the whole concept here....the thought that there's some mountain man Out there somewhere writing poems on trees....where they may or may not be seen different than the ego centric attitude that contaminates many poems. You develop your thoughts well here. I like it.

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Kim Barney

Kim Barney

I was born in a bank - - my mother went there and made a deposit
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