Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Wind River Justice

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Wind River Justice

Article excerpt

Alan riding his first horse from Big Sandy

to celebrate his thirty-seventh birthday:

his mare reared in the lodgepoles when a spruce grouse

flushed and nearly pitched him down a switchback.

My own gelding stampeded through a meadow,

and our young wrangler called those ponies "gentled."

We braved Pyramid's boulders, Barnard's clinkers,

apogees of our climbs in the Wind Rivers,

then turned our backs forever on those summits,

Gannet the tallest peak in all Wyoming,

the Highline Trail cleavered between the Temples.

We limped, blistered, back to our dusty Bronco.

There stood a girl, sobbing beside the stables.

The boy, his terror turned to helpless fury,

and a young ranger argued mixed-use forest

treeline grazing, lamb-eating bears and coyotes,

leash law and the permitted use of rifles. …

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