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San Jacinto: NPM22 Day 5

Today’s prompt for #verselove on Ethical ELA is to craft a 4×4 poem: 4 lines, 4 syllables per line, 4 stanzas, and a repeating refrain that moves from line 1 to 4 through the poem. As I hiked San Jacinto today, I found myself thinking about words and ideas that might fit this new-to-me poetic structure. Here’s my draft:

San Jacinto

On San Jacinto

desert dry surrounds

mountains touch the sky

beckoning welcome

Alpine gondola

on San Jacinto

lifts to altitude

snowy spring hiking

Slushy slidy snow

melting in cool pools

on San Jacinto

desert far below

Descent to Palm Springs

desert wonderland

after day’s hiking

on San Jacinto

@kd0602