Raindrops on Sage Plants and White Spots on Elk Calves

Trickling Terraces of Travertine, always shifting ,Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone

Friends, as I type these very words, my dear friend Emmy is suffering from a severe condition known as being-a-law-student-during-finals. Just this morning, she wrote me suggesting we both throw in the towel on the East Coast this summer and return to where we became friends: Yellowstone National Park.

Because I rather wouldn’t mind escaping to the West at this moment, and also because I haven’t already written enough about Yellowstone, today I thought I’d write Emmy something special to help get her through exams, especially her evidence final. Can some fond memories of our beloved YNP provide Emmy a bit of relief from the ailments of her present condition? I sure hope so.

Here’s in honor of you, Emmy—and also of summer days in Yellowstone. (Channel your inner Julie Andrews as you read this one!)

Raindrops on sage plants and white spots on elk calves,
Bright Everts sunsets and fates read on Oreo halves
Watching those crushes that turn into flings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream-colored geysers and Ohio folk in Airstreams
Weirdos and winos and Wilcoxson’s ice cream
Wild Russian squatters who have no belongings
These are a few of my favorite things

Ranger in green clothes, Wonderly last name
Griz in the backcountry, reigning, so untame
Travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the exam comes
When the cubicle kills
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my Yellowstone things
And then I don’t feel so bad!

6 thoughts on “Raindrops on Sage Plants and White Spots on Elk Calves

  1. I sure hope you brighten your friend’s day with that poem. Don’t worry that I’ll be humming a certain song all day, and EMMY you can do it!

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