O is for Ode to the Oregonian

Ode to the Oregonian

Here’s to you, great soggy sir
With wet white socks strapped beneath black Tevas
Marching to the beat of your own Tillicum drum
Fording rivers by bus, amongst the stench of sewage tides
Patiently training Willamette¹ to a non-native tongue
Holding a Nalgene filled with rainfall
And a double dutch hot mocha latte from the Devil’s siren
Let her sing to you admid the mists of the Pineapple Express
Watch as tourists lament the rain you failed to notice
Avoiding impalement by the foreign umbrellas at Market
Gather courage to jump ship and climb the mountain peaks
Summit Shasta, and Hood and the Sisters Three
Scribe your blog across a wooden tablet of the ancient
Cedar trees felled by your own hands in the back forty
Teaching children to bicycle in heavy traffic
Across the Marquim as it swings in the wind
That you once sailed upon in the Gorge as a dare and a bucket list check mark
After a weekend at the Amphitheater listening to bands no one’s heard of
Reading books on the Max, engage in philosophical debate
with a homeless man from out town whom you feed in the end
Dance and drink to the sun gods each spring with micro-brews
Commune with nature as summer fades into the soft fall
And tell them Sasquatch still lives next to DB Coopers door
When others say you can’t live the gloom and doom
Of rainy Oregon.

¹Pronounced “Will Am It”

For the month of April I’ve committed to writing 26 poems, falling into the Alphabet.  To learn more about my project, check out my introduction.  To learn more about the A-to-Z Challenge visit www.a-to-zchallenge.com.


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