Coming Home

the scarlet flame
of Indian paintbrush
licks at sego lily’s
ivory heart
consuming the dew
dropped by the mountain morning

the raucous scold
off Stellar’s jay
echoes against the jagged
Sawtooth jaws
biting deeply
the azure sky

the lifting limbs
of Douglas fir
embrace the billowing
white clouds
caressing the pregnant
belly of lightning’s birth

the reflecting flow
of the river named for salmon
records these passing scenes
and is shattered by
the splashing tail
of one Redfish coming home

Byron Johnson
Retired Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court

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