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It's Your Oregon: Ursula K. Le Guin

In "Coast Range Highway, November" Author Ursula K Le Guin shares with readers a lyric glimpse of the Oregon we work to safeguard.

Ursula K. Le Guin, author in an astounding variety of genres , has been a supporting member of Oregon Environmental Council since 1980. Even while writing of imaginary worlds in her acclaimed science fiction novels, Le Guin has been actively engaged in her Oregon community since 1958. In this poem, she shares with OEC readers a lyric glimpse of the Oregon we work to safeguard.

 


 Coast Range Highway, November


Oregon fog

Sky gloom and gleam.

Road rain-glaze glare.
Infinite light glitters
in fern-fronds, fir-needles,
flashes from great gold maples.

~

The local crow
patrols the road.
The local crow
knows.
And discloses,
reports, remarks,
speaks freely.
Though no doubt keeping
certain dark
secrets.

~

As the old oaks
are swift and shy
in their delicate flower,
so the reticent nobility
of the bronze oak autumn
lasts only briefly.
But the short-lived, long-leaved,
roadside willows will not
be hurried into gold,
and hold their green intention
to leaf out long before April.

~

The next rain crouches
in the yoke of the hills,
dark-grey puma
with a misty tail
lashing the silent
trees of the forest.

 
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