Jim Brosnan

Jim Brosnan’s publishing credits include Nameless Roads (Moon Pie Press, 2019), four chapbooks of poetry and over 500 poems, most recently appearing in the Aurorean, The Avocet, The Bridge, Eunoia Review (Singapore), Nine Muses Poetry (Wales), Strand (India), Voices of the Poppies Anthology (UK) and forthcoming in the Scarlet Leaf Review (Canada). Jim has won numerous awards in the annual National Federation of Poetry Societies competition. He holds the rank of full professor of English at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.

 

Off the Gardner River

After entering the park
from Montana at the north
entrance, I follow US 89
for five miles south
to the Bunsen Peak Trail.
On the almost four-mile
hike, I drift past meadow
wildflowers—fireweed,
white asters thistle,
and mountain dandelions—
linger for only minutes
near Osprey Falls
where above its one hundred
fifty foot drop are groves
of aspen, lodge pole pines,
and Douglas fir.
I calculate the distance
between camera lens
and a moose when
a park visitor startles
her into retreating
to nearby foliage
in a cloud of dust—
an unexpected glimpse
of wildlife on my mid-morning
Yellowstone Park visit.

© 2019 Jim Brosnan