Making a new gosht’ dur
The men tree-felling, axe shouldering
Much smoke and three fires
A chestnut stallion,
Tall ancient pines.
The sheer rock climbing
Unmelted glacier….sliding dirty snow
Children for warmth under one blanket
A low shelter – full of breathing bodies.
Goat droppings in every meal.
Baby donkeys running free.
The speck of a man and his goat herd
On the other side.
Cold clean water rushing far below.
The baby goats content to lap-sit
Better than a dog.
Slip sliding laughter on the snow melt.
The old twisted rock-leech pines
Dead and dramatic
Couldn’t find the kutsi mushrooms
Filtering the milk through pine fronds.