Curecanti National Recreation Area

Flash of vermillion against

shiny black feathers — they pick

their way through the water-logged fields,

Chirps and songs and calls loud enough

for all to hear. A late spring chorus,

with accompaniment by frogs. 

Purple swaying in the afternoon breeze. Tiny

blooms heavily scented with the smell

of warm promises to come on summer days — of backyard cookouts and kayaking and

hikes through the Curecanti wilderness. 

Soft, big ears twitch and you see

a rabbit — quick and nimble — nibble

at your sunset-orange pansies. Sitting on

your porch, breath in the warm June

air of the Gunnison Valley and be content.