more than sustenance at stake, the prize worth
nothing to anybody else, the gain an increment
of joy more pure than blue ice of glaciers
rare as flight without wings
a purse full of scarlet
in the snow

to run
with a body built
for running; unpursued
aimless in mid flight where speed
happens mindless as the whickering
of heavy headed wheat in unconscious
wind, a birthright unbidden

Lynne Haley lives in the Cabinet Mountains of Montana where she and her husband Sam are working to carve out a hermitage in the midst of National Forest lands.