Set your books down tonight,
books of science, pages of genus
and species, chapters on history
and religion, the lives and passions
of others. Can you remember
what it was like to be a child?

Walk the forest under full moon.
Some things are hidden in darkness
but others are alive in the soft light.
Do not tell me spirits don’t wander
in shadows, casting spells.

Why do men suddenly become poets,
and women are more easily seduced?
See the sparkle of two eyes by the bog?
Is it a fairy with silver wings
making magic potion for young lovers,
or a bullfrog hunting bugs?
Is it the warm breeze you hear in the trees,
or are the pines humming a tune
and the wind feel called upon to dance?
Would one be less a miracle than the other?

When you go back to your books
brush dust from the covers
with hands that have touched moonlight
and read with the knowledge
that everything is possible.

About the Author

Mike Bressler
Mike is a Jackson native, an electrician and works for JH Fire/EMS as an Electrical/Fire inspector. He’s trying to learn
meditation and yoga but in truth he’d rather be backpacking in the desert or Winds, skiing or staggering up a peak. But what do you expect from a Wyoming local? His writing has appeared in outdoor, mountaineering, and literary magazines and anthologies including The Mountain Gazette, Wilderness, Stories of the Wild, The Mountain Yodel, Alpinist, Western Horseman, The Jackson Hole Guide, Caldera, Bugle, among others. He has published two books: Saddles to Sushi, a satirical collection of short stories about life in Jackson Hole, and an eBook, The Philosophy Student. He currently writes a column for the Jackson Hole Weekly called Redneck Perspective.

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