donald and david and dillon and dan
went out in the woods to wander the land
and donald dove down an old ravine
over rough red rocks to a burbling stream;
and dan loved the light that broke through the branches,
its sudden sweetness that always enchants us;
and david washed over a white waterfall
with a wet stone face in his overalls;
and dillon dozed off in a dark deep dell
as hot as heaven and as high as hell.
For whatever they find (like a he or a she),
It’s always themselves they lose in a tree.
Rich Cureton is a retired English professor. With his brother, Kirk, he owns a shoreline cottage and 10 acres of land on Wisconsin Bay Road, north of Gills Rock. He has been coming to Door County, regularly, for 60 years. November through April, he lives with his wife in Ann Arbor, Michigan. May through October he is at his cottage in Door County.