neither brown nor green, is time
to walk an abandoned railroad bed
above the Klickitat.
Spring comes up early here, yellow bells,
desert parsley, grass widow, saxifrage.
-- from "Above the Klickitat," in Because You Might Not Remember by Don Colburn.
I have really been enjoying this little "chapbook" of poems by Don Colburn. This one caught my fancy today because it is mid-March and I am planning a daytrip to Lyle, Washington wineries this weekend. The Klickitat River joins the Columbia at Lyle. You can even see on the winery map the railroad bed mentioned in the poem.
Don Colburn and another Portland poet, Oz Hopkins Koglin, will be reading this evening (7:00 p.m.) at Broadway Books (1714 N.E. Broadway). What a treat!
Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.