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Summer on the Kickapoo
Ancient paths meander
north, south, east, west,
within coulees carved and snaked
beside the banks of the Kickapoo.
From Wilton to Wauzeka,
imprints of muskrats, beaver,
white-tailed deer, play n' grace
curving slope and hill.
Raccoons, woodchucks, mink,
otter, fox, embed footprints
and unlike Hollywood stars, wash away,
leave glory and permanence to Mother Earth.
Slight of stature, she tickles her way
through forested hills, valleys, sandstone cliffs,
replenishes mosses, ferns, hemlocks,
her wildflowers gracious bouquets;
nurtures bald eagles, warblers, sandhill cranes,
diversity her specialty, extends gentle passage
to canoes gliding beside trails dotted with hikers,
fisherman, horseback riders, campers.
To experience summer on the Kickapoo
is to languish in the warmth of God's smile.
May the prayers and efforts of those devoted
be enough to keep her pure.
by Margaret Bednar, February 14, 2014
This is for a poetry prompt I am hosting over at "Imaginary Garden of Real Toads - Artistic Interpretations" featuring artist Toril Fisher. I had the privilege and crazy fun to float down this river with Toril on a cold, rainy day this past summer and I hope to be able to do so again. Laughter really does float :)
Her painting here and others she is currently working on (also see the Imaginary Garden link) will be on display and for sale at the Driftless Cafe in Viroqua, WI in May 2014. This series is painted on beehive lids she found in the woods. They have become her canvas for compositions with images of beauty and interconnectedness of all living creatures and our amazing Mother Earth. Each painting is $300 (plus shipping) and can be purchased now but must remain available for the showing. Toril will donate a percentage of her sales from this show to the Xerces Society. The Xerces Society advocated on behalf of threatened, endangered, and at-risk invertebrates and their habitats. From the world's rarest butterflies, caddisflies that live solely in one stream, to declining bumble bee populations, the Xerces Society is dedicated to protecting invertebrates and the ecosystems that depend on them.
I realize this painting resembles Autumn a bit more, but I have used "artistic license".
Toril Fisher is a farmer (Second Cloud on the Left) and artist and her website can be found HERE.
And for those who Geo Cach, here is an interesting location. It is along Old Highway 131 Trail, and is located on the old Schroeder Mink Ranch. HERE