Yosemite: A Triptych by Mark A. Fisher


Yosemite: A Triptych
by Mark A. Fisher

once I went to Yosemiteto see rocks andonce to see the trees
where wildflowers couldfeel the vast timeimmense and ancient
fill all the meadowswith morainesfilling the valley
hollowed out andleft by glacierslichen covered
grown greenfading awayMother nature
drawing thousandsforgettingthe wilderness

PHOTO: Yosemite Valley, California. Photo by Pablo Fierro on Unsplash

NOTE: Yosemite National Park, located in central-eastern California, is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, meadows, glaciers, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the 758,436-acre park is designated wilderness. About four million people visit Yosemite each year, and most spend the majority of their time in the seven square miles of Yosemite Valley. Yosemite was central to the development of the national park idea. Galen Clark and others lobbied to protect Yosemite Valley from development, ultimately leading to President Abraham Lincoln signing the Yosemite Grant in 1864. John Muir led a successful movement to have Congress establish a larger national park by 1890, one which encompassed the valley and its surrounding mountains and forests, paving the way for the National Park System.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark A. Fisher is a writer, poet, and playwright living in Tehachapi, California.  His poetry has appeared in riverbabble, Spectrum, Silver Blade, Penumbra, Lummox, and many other places. His first chapbook, drifter, is available from Amazon. His second, hour of lead, won the 2017 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest. 

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