Friday, February 17, 2006

The Colombia river

We traveled east along the Colombia River. It was lovely, forests of poplar trees, eerie in thier symmetry. Multnomah Falls is the second highest year round waterfall in the US. I wish that I had time to stop. Then there is the Bonneville Dam. It's a hydroelectric dam that provides a lot of the electricity for the northwest. It's a huge eyesore that I cannot stand. I wrote a poem about it...

Once mighty river
waters ran wild
rippling with rainbow scales
awesome power
relied a nation.

Reduced to a soft gloss
smooth as satin
with nary a ripple
to lead you onward.

Ladder upon ladder
locke upon locke
barged an upward battle
since when do fish swim in tankers?

A wall of concrete
built upon souls
given unwillingly
for hydroelectricity.

Would Merryweather
recognize this place?

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