Mountain Gerunds

crèche of crashing wave
tableau hand raised in greeting
creeping up in greeting
creeping down in greeting

horsts over grabens
hurling hellos and everywhere rocky
saying hello everywhere
saying goodbye everywhere

plumes pushing volcanoes
stratigraphic stacks tilting
too slow to know I’m living
too brief to know I’m dying

greet me anyway

#NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 14

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), his (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).