ritter island water plants

On a perfectly sunny day

pelicans preen on a rock

and great blue herons

lift aloft their lanky bodies

as water cascades down

Minnie Miller Falls

into the Snake River.

Sweat trickles down our backs

as we ply our paddles

in the gently flowing water,

trying to avoid the undulating

hair of the water nymphs

whose outstretched arms

reach for our paddles

to pull us into an iridescent

underwater world

where they can shackle us with vines

and keep us as conversation pieces

in their subaquatic realm.



About Judy Grigg Hansen
I write poetry and nonfiction, and I am passionate about the people, places, and wildflowers of Idaho and the Northwest.

2 Responses to Mirage

  1. And thank you for going with me to make memories.

  2. Marsha says:

    Thanks for articulating the memories I have of paddling the Snake River with you!

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