and stare but your
mind cannot even start
to decipher what raw vision
reveals. Huge slabs of granite
protrude like fingers poking the sky
through layers of snow so high in space,
so high above the sagebrush and glacial kettle holes
and larger blue lakes sparkling in sun reflecting upside-
down images giving your mind twice as much to absorb.
Already you wonder what it would be like to stand on top of
the highest peak above dazzling snowfields, above the valley
floor in such a bright and pure Teton reality in which your mind
cannot resist becoming what it beholds even though you thought it couldn’t.
View from Togwotee Pass originally appeared in Pilgrimage / www.pilgrimagepress.org