A Mountain Poem: Southern Mountains in Autumn
Mountains in Autumn
Dreams stout upturn about
Morning spout mist churning—
Quakes of sunlight upon breaking heights replace,
Majestic manifestation cumulus clouds
Aloft alive teeming alone and loud
My meager station void and proud.
Ages old gone relearned,
Beneath fir and fern--
Panning streams fish only gold.
Prospectors land digs deep hope
Holes earn minor maligned coats,
Streams gentle downward float.
O Mountains! Hold your secrets!
O Mountains! Hushed your crickets!
O Mountains! Leaves cleanse us decent!
Midday mourning moonshine
Voyages through chiseled tunnel
Vision offering rebellious yells
Over cliffs and rusted rails.
Maples map roads unsweetened
Orchards rotten apples uneaten,
Oaks cut down moved unbeaten,
Sunlight shine not weakened.
One man drives through pasture,
One man lives through disaster,
Another pauper ponder hereafter,
Mountain streams eon quiet laughter.
Banjos echo evening event,
Fiddling away in time:
Piano staccato blue blades of grass,
Cabins summer forgotten class.
Red crescendo stern,
Wings’ western winds
Forests language adjourned.
Is protecting mountainous areas important?
Southern Mountains and Parks
In the autumn, areas such as the Blue Ridge Mountains come alive with rich colors. In fact, autumn is a busy tourism time because of the wonderful colors the trees bring forth. Towns such as Asheville, N.C. and Boon, N.C. are havens for visitors during these times because of the access to the beautiful surroundings. Indeed, these college towns prosper immensely from being in the mountains of the state. But the mountains also have a fabulous and rich history.
Primarily, the mountains of the region played an important role in the American Revolution and the American Civil War. The long-time dwellers of the mountains have a history of stern independence and determination. Coincidentally, another fact about the mountains has to do with alcohol. Illegal liquor, moonshine, was produced and sold around the country from this area. Stock car racing owes some of its heritage to “running moonshine” decades ago in the region as well. Finally, movies have been filmed in towns like Asheville with glowing approval across the globe.
A Few National Parks in the Mountains
The poem above was inspired by my time in the mountains of western North Carolina camping and conducting training sessions. I’ve also visited the mountains of Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. These areas are spectacular in the autumn – maybe they can inspire you, too. Below are a few such mountainous destinations. All three of these parks have information readily available from the government on the internet:
- Blue Ridge Parkway – This national park extends nearly five hundred miles between North Carolina and Virginia. The parkway is often referred to as “America’s favorite drive.” Some of the activities people enjoy in this scenic environment include: hiking, picnics, camping, and The astounding views of waterfalls.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park – This historic site is one of America’s most visited parks in the Appalachian Mountains. It crosses into the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains. The park is in part of Tennessee and North Carolina, expanding for nearly eight hundred square miles. Hiking, camping, and visiting historic sites are some activities people like to do in this park.
- Cherohala Skyway – Located between Tennessee and North Carolina, this stretch of mountainous terrain is known for its startling beauty. Motorcyclists from around the world famously race up and down the forty-mile route for fun. Like all of the national parks found in the mountains of the region, incredible views of nature are available for the visitor.