Across the mountainside in evening sun
Golden October larches flare
As if they could delay dark days to come,
Winter encroaching everywhere

My momentary mind can reach.
And in the lake, silent as brooding inwardness,
The larches now are doubled, each
With a true partner in itself,

A multiplying plenitude of one,
Repeated and repeating in my mind.
Reflecting on its own reflections, stunned
With bold illumination of a kind

Beyond what golden sunlit larches teach
Of how to face the all-dividing dark, I find
A multiplying plenitude of one
Across the mountainside in evening sun.
-Robert Pack from Elk in Winter
(Photo by Dan Spencer)