The Massanutten Trail is built of gaps:
Shawl Gap; Veach Gap; Sherman, Milford, Habron Gap,
Notches in a ridge line, spaces, voids,
Emptiness where valley touches hill,
Clefts where saddles bridge the land and sky ...

Pits and crevasses, outlines, silhouettes,
Openings among the tumbled rocks,
Peeks between the scrub brush and the stones,
Glimpses of a river far below,
Breaks to catch a breath during a climb ...

Miles to walk until the next crossroads,
Hours far away from other folk,
Pauses that divide the words we say,
Interruptions, blinks during a glance,
The chasms in between us ...

^z - 2009-12-10