The Quarrel / Return to Beartooth

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The Quarrel / Return to Beartooth

The Quarrel

Climbing in sullen silence past treeline
where blasted spruces drunkenly incline,
we stumble on two racks of caribou.
Clasped in a deadlock neither bull could break
they bleach beside a frigid Yukon lakeó
amateurs who never locked horns with you.

Destruction Bay, Yukon

Return to the Beartooth

Each year our packs grow heavier
and glacial torrents deeper.
Cutthroat trout are savvier
and switchbacks steeper.
We have outgrown our ardor.
Nights are colder,
groundbeds harder,
and the lovers on the shoulder
of the mountain older.

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