Thomas Doty – Storyteller

Siskiyou Pass

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At the Mouth of Aikens Creek

Early morning in June at the mouth of Aikens Creek along the Klamath River. After a dawn-lit swim in the creek I watch a waterfall across the river in this canyon so deep the full moon barely cleared the ridges last night.

Fog presses the hills. Birds sing down the morning. A heron fishes the riffles.

I'm not in the campground. Didn't want to put up the bucks. But where I'm at is better: the wide-flowing river, a swimming hole of a creek, the open sky over last night's dreams shot full of moonlight.

I watch the braid of the waterfall angling down the cliff. The heron glides to the pools where the shad are still sleeping.