Northern Territories

Wayne Sawchuck’s challenge is to preserve the wilderness of the Northern Territories of B.C. ‘There should be one place in the world where you find your own trail.’ National Geographic Nov 2008.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 
Risky, uncharted wilds, as Sawchuk says,
no sign of man, except a burnt out plane.
There is no trail, until the trail you blaze,

across a wilderness. I paraphrase
that claim of his to calm a restless brain.
Being cooped inside a suffocating maze,

confined by damaged lungs and blocked airways,
I cannot brave real heights, true wind and rain.
There is no trail, until the trail you blaze –

I’ve fire and air and puff enough to blaze –
release my spirit, soar the astral plain,
escape the coop, the suffocating-maze:

I’m circling mountain peaks, where sharp wind sprays,
and fresh-born rivers roar their rough refrain –
there is no trail, until the trail you blaze ….

Down where dense trees exhale a greenish haze,
I foot un-trodden rocks, released from pain,
outside of self – the suffocating maze.

Taking the hint that Sawchuck's claim conveys
I'm free to navigate, carve out a lane
that leads me through the suffocating maze –
there is no trail, until the trail you blaze …


 

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