A Summer Mountain Poem

This post is by Abbie Johnson Taylor.



Now that the hot, dog days of summer are here, you may be planning a trip to the mountains. If you live in California’s Sierra Nevada region, according to an NPR news report, you could be able to ski right now. As I write this, Wyoming Public Radio’s weather forecast calls for hot temperatures throughout the state.

Here’s one of the first poems I wrote years ago while taking a creative writing class at the Wyoming Lions Summer School for the Visually Impaired on Casper Mountain. It has since been revised and appears in the summer print issue of The Avocet. You can click below to hear me read it. Happy summer.



A Piece of Casper Mountain


Gravel crunches beneath our feet.
With plenty of grass, bushes,
a cool mountain summer breeze,
the forest smells of pine
under a blue Wyoming sky.

In the distance, a chain saw shatters the silence.
Is someone clear-cutting or chopping firewood?

As we walk towards camp, the saw stops.
Moments later, a wood-filled truck passes.
Has enough of the forest been taken for one day?



Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

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That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

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8 Responses to A Summer Mountain Poem

  1. renawomyn says:

    So much said in so few words. That, to me, is the beauty of poetry. Doris


  2. Mike Staton says:

    Under Southern Nevada’s boiling sky, it was 117 degrees today where I live — just below the base of Black Mountain in Henderson. That’s hot.


  3. Neva Bodin says:

    Eloquent poem covering two topics: experiencing nature and preserving it. I love Casper Mountain.


  4. Barb says:

    Beautiful poem that describes and shows so much of today.


  5. wyoauthor1 says:

    Lovely poem, Abbie, and of course, I LOVE Casper Mountain!! Thanks for sharing!


  6. S. J. Brown says:

    Nice message, Thanks for sharing


  7. Nancy Jardine says:

    Your voice is beautiful, Abbie and the sentiments of the poem are quite poignant. I often drive in remoter parts of Aberdeenshire and see where swathes of conifer woods have been ripped away- although what I’m talking about are managed woodlands that were planted for the purpose of felling after a relatively short timescale. However, I find the remnants quite a disturbing scene when they leave the debris to rot down on purpose.


  8. M. K. Waller says:

    It’s a lovely poem on the screen, but it really comes alive when I hear it in your voice.


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