Passing Lane

The Trinity River rippled silver

under the charred rocks

of last season’s fires.

Needle thin pine spines

silhouette the ridge,

crows ignore the highway to cross

the valley.

We climb the mountain, in the slow lane,

our pilgrimage gains a thousand feet,

then glides, inland, toward the heat.

Our conversion turns as slow as asphalt allows,

we break to hear the streams quick splash

become a sun warmed prayer

for progress.

The cathedral of the wild,

road angels dip the running water

to baptize travelers in the sight

of Shasta’s snows.


Will Schmit

Will Schmit is a volunteer outreach prison minister for Lifehouse Church in McKinleyville Ca. He is the author of Head Lines A Sixty Day Guide to Personal Psalmistry and Jesus Inside A Prison Minister's Memoir and Training Manual both available at Amazon Books and The website also includes poetry, ministry updates, and music downloads from Bring To Glory a CD of spoken word with coffee house jazz.

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