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Neahkanie is a mountain of legend on the northern Oregon coast.


Here is a poem referencing Neahkanie Mountain:

The Third Day of Spring

Rinsed and wrinkled by
salt and pluvial wind, I drift
with sand ghosts skittering
down the white flats that
between dunes and tide.

Enveloped in stormy phantoms
I stumble northward
forced to drink deeply from
a jar of gray clouds and fog,
Neahkanie Mountain
looming in the background
spectral and very Japanese.

I have been drunk on this weather before!

Reticent sun
it‘s been a long time
what shadows are holding you?
I expect you soon
to grab me by the throat
and shake out the last
songs of winter.

(c) Eric Walter 2013


from Hawk's Reply, released August 7, 2015


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Eric Walter Portland, Oregon

Eric Walter is a musician, poet, and teacher whose work is inspired and shaped by his love of travel, and by his deep regard for the natural world. He is a poet of many places - he has worn many hats, sung many songs, and walked many miles.

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