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Morning Mountain Prayer, a poem by Norbert Krapf

Morning Mountain Prayer
        by Norbert Krapf

Morning mountain air
calls me to sit outside
and let it caress 
my knees and calves.

Just after I settle
in a chair the sun rises
above a small divide
in the mountain

and warm light slants
onto this yellow paper
across which the black
ink of a German pen
walks leaving word tracks

that knew all along
that in the end 
near the bottom
of this page

they would become
the thanksgiving prayer
I send to the universe.

Norbert Krapf, former Indiana Poet Laureate, is the author of thirteen collections, the most recent being "Indiana Hill Country Poems" from Dos Madres Press, which will also bring out "Southwest by Midwest," which includes this poem.