Congaree National Park

Bringing nutrients

Conditions for champions

When the river floods

Mammoth Cave National Park

I

Confined in the light

He experienced freedom

Confined in the dark

II

Ancient stone sea shells

Rain, Sinking streams, Spring outlets

Terminal breakdown

Big Bend National Park

Whole landscape is scraped

Wanting for water to heal

River or monsoon

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Stand under the sea

Examine the marine life

Swimming in the rocks

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Limestone labyrinth

Carved by sulfuric acid

Adorn with calcite

Saguaro National Park

Arms raised to the sky.

Exalt the sun! Pray for rain!

Revere desert life.

Joshua Tree National Park

I

Alluvial fans.

Monzogranite. Pegemite.

Grabens. Gneiss, says Seuss.

II

Visions of welcome

They thought they saw Joshua

Guiding them westward

Pinnacles National Park

I

Once a volcano

Moved through no fault of its own

Still seismically shifts

II

Not polite to point

Pinnacles softened by rain

Motion toward the sky

Canyonlands National Park

Soil is washed away

Water fertilizes growth

Sandstone spires sprout

Gateway Arch National Park

I see our future

West toward the horizon

now framed in silver

Bryce Canyon National Park

I

COYOTE WAS MAD

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

FOR LEGEND PEOPLE

II

ALMOST EVERY NIGHT

BARELY PERCEPTIBLE FROST

PUSHES ROCK APART

III

ICE CLOTS IN MY VEINS

WAVES OF FROST WASH OVER ME

CHIP BY CHIP I MELT

 

Zion National Park

I

IN ANGRY FLASHES

THE VIRGIN GRINDS THE CANYON

THEN, CARESS RETURNS

II

ATTACKED BY FORKS, SPOONS

AN UPSIDE DOWN PUMPKIN PIE

EATEN BY CHILDREN

 

Lassen Volcanic National Park

I

COMPOSITE. PLUG DOME.

SEE ALL FOUR VOLCANO TYPES.

SHIELD AND CINDER CONE.

II

SPITTING FUMAROLES

NATURE'S ROILING REMINDER

LASSEN PEAK WILL CHANGE

III

POOR BUMPASS BROKE THROUGH

FELT THE HELL BENEATH HIS FEET

HIS LIMP A WARNING 

 

North Cascades National Park

IN A MASTER'S HAND

A GLACIER IS A MIGHTY TOOL

BRINING US RELIEF

 

Olympic National Park

MOSSEN DREADLOCKS WAVE

THE FOREST HIPPIE COMMUNE 

DANCES WITH THE WIND

 

Grand Teton National Park

I

A PETULANT THRUST

BY AN UNSKILLED SAW-MAKER

RAKES THE SKY OPEN

II

YOUNG MOUNTAINS, OLD ROCK

SHE IS ALL AGES AT ONCE

IMPOSING HER WILL

 

Yellowstone National Park

I

THE OLD FAITHFUL SHOW

JUST LIKE THE BELLAGIO

BUT WITHOUT MUSIC

II

BLUE POOL JEWELRY

CONFIDENT SULFUR FRAGRANCE

SCARF OF SILVER STEAM

 

Glacier National Park

I

NO HUMAN CRAFTSMAN

THE CROWN OF THE CONTINENT

ADORN WITH NATURE

II

SLOWLY GLACIERS CARVED

MONUMENTS OF SLIDING PLATES

GOING TO THE SUN

 

Wind Cave National Park

I

THE CAVE GIANT BREATHES

HIS CHEST RISING AND FALLING

AS PRESSURE CHANGES

II

WITH RESPECT AND PRAYERS

BUFFALO LADY PROVIDES

SUSTENANCE AND LIFE

III

WHEN THE EARTH WAS RIPE

THE CREATOR LED US THROUGH

THE HOLE THAT BLOWS AIR

 

Badlands National Park

SCULPTED ANGRILY

RAGING RASPS OF RAIN AND WIND

BRUISE THE BRITTLE CRUST

 

Voyageurs National Park

TRAIL UNDER WATER

ORIGINAL PLAN THWARTED

BY BUSY BEAVERS

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

CLOUDS ROLL MOUNTAINS WHITE

LIFE COVERED BY FLUORESCENCE

FLICKERS AND BUZZES

 

Channel Islands National Park

SUN TOPPED ROCKY CRAGS

CLIFFS DROP TO BLUE AND WHITE SURF

LITTLE FOXES HUNT

 

Shenandoah National Park

WAVES OF FLOWING TREES

WATER SKIMMING OVER STONE

OLD MOUNTAINS STILL LIVE

 

Salt

CRYSTALS ARE SHAKEN

ONTO MEALS, OVER SHOULDERS

FOR TASTE AND FOR LUCK

 

Self

PICTURE ME LIT UP

MY SPIRIT IN LIGHTS, NOT NAME

BASKING IN SELF-LOVE

 

Rocky Mountain National Park

EARTH DRIVEN UPWARD

ANGLES, NONE RIGHT, ALL CORRECT

POKE THE SKY'S BELLY

 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

I

SKYLINE TO SKYLINE

BOUNDLESS, OPEN, WITHOUT END

YOU GROW TO HOLD IT

II

SKYLINE TO SKYLINE

BISON ROAM LIKE THEY ONCE DID

BEFORE THE SLAUGHTER

 

Acadia National Park

NO LONGER PRIVATE

A PEACEFUL RETREAT FOR ALL

THANK YOU RICH PEOPLE

 

Everglades National Park

DEEP WITHIN THE SLOUGH

WHERE PREHISTORIC MEETS NOW

ALLIGATORS RULE

 

Biscayne National Park

BISCAYNE WAS A FIGHT

A HIGHWAY CUT IN ANGER

NATURE HAS RECLAIMED

 

Dry Tortugas National Park

16 MILLION BRICKS

FIRST TO PROTECT SHIPPING LANES

NOW PROTECTS THE REEF

 

Petrified Forest National Park

NATURE'S QUARTZ PALETTE

PAINTED THE WOODEN INSIDES

LIKE A CARNIVAL

 

Death Valley National Park

MORE MOUNTAINS THAN SAND

MANY MORE COLORS THAN TAN

ALIVE NOT DEAD LAND

 

Isle Royale National Park

OLD, IT FEELS VERY OLD

LIKE A MAN TOUGH AND WEATHERED

WANTS TO BE ALONE

 

Crater Lake National Park

ON THE CLEANEST BODY

FED DROP BY DROP FLAKE BY FLAKE

PHANTOM SHIP SETS SAIL

 

Mount Rainier National Park

GLACIERS COOL THE SIDES

WHILE DEEP BELOW THE WARMTH GROWS

FOR NOW, WONDERLAND

 

Arches National Park

NATURE THE SCULPTRESS

CARVING GEOLOGIC TIME

FOR OUR AMUSEMENT

 

Capitol Reef National Park

NOT A REEF AT ALL

A DRASTIC FOLD IN THE EARTH

ERODING AWAY

 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

OUR NATIONAL PARK

THE COMMUNITY GATHERS

TO ENJOY NATURE

 

Great Basin National Park

NEAR THE OLD SEA FLOOR

WHERE BRISTLECONES SPIRAL UP

LIFE CYCLES SLOWLY

 

Redwood National Park

PULLED UP BY THE SKY

LEAVES AND BRANCHES SOAR ON TRUNKS

PUSHED UP BY THE EARTH

 

Yosemite National Park

GRANITE, WATERFALLS,

VALLEYS, RIVERS, TREES AND GOD

LIVE HERE FOREVER

 

Hot Springs National Park

THE MOUNTAINSIDES SEEP

FOUR THOUSAND YEAR OLD WATER

WARMED BY THE EARTH'S HEART