Chainmail champion why is your blade drawn in progress’s name?
Civilization need not depend on making nature tame.
Stop this destruction, you don’t want wild gone!
Sir, have you no shame?
Warrior, your service in all its glory should protect the weak.
Honor your purpose, rewrite your story in this holy week.
Sir try in earnest to calm your fury at her mountain peak.
Nobel lad, my heart is not in your cause.
Exploitation of Earth tears her apart.
Scar mountains with cars, call improvement love, just playing your part.
Listen to what was become like the dove.
Choose peace in times of uncertainty.
Be a defender to forgive your crimes of man’s tyranny
strive to be better. Partake in the wines, to now embody
Sir Lord Protector
Our, goddess of harvest!
You who will soon give birth.
One from mothers to be,
blessed in fertility.
A dress in white with her crown,
address our Earth and town.
Deliver Autumn’s child,
Oh, consort of the wild!
Gather, goddess mother!
Give thanks for each other,
show us your abundance.
For you we belly dance.
For you we harvest grain.
A mother you remain.
Rebirth of last Spring’s seed
Gather life with fireweed!
Bless, goddess of the root!
Bring life to Crested Butte
Pregnant from Winter’s cold.
I offer marigold
To your sacred bosom,
Ah deep mystic woman!
Reap, goddess full of life!
Attended by a midwife
In your court the trial is held
Justice is compelled
Justice, will the Grump burn?
Spring’s sacrifice in turn.
Reap, You vessel of light!
ask rivers, ask aspens to tell, of their wild son who, walked long ago
He who wanders, with forest women
across snow drifts, at the Crest’s cliff
unkempt shepherd, mud-born and grinning
A dancing man, with great ram horns
moving among, worlds of man and beast
noise maker, Earth’s lover, for Earth still mourns.
Pass your crown to, who our town needs
to guide us through, valleys and peaks
as seasons change, as wind spreads seeds
Lead us towards, dancing in the sky
gather from the dirt, hunt for your meat
keep us living, while green things die
ask rivers, ask aspens, to choose, a man from those, we love and know
mistress of mischief,
master of elements
malevolent fertile balance
fearless passionate power
of magic and fire’s breath
ancient guardian on highest lands
emblem of Earth
strength meet success
legendary existence of auspiciousness
mythic reptilian beast
winged creature of wind
life of abundance in your longevity
beckoner of rain clouds
wild wisdom unfettered
energy embody our valley’s prosperity
nature’s most original being
benevolent, fabled, ferocity
defy the potent advancement of man
battle blind progress
defend our Red Lady
scaled serpentine harbinger of luck
bring balance to our watershed
grow to match the mountain side
guard great treasures of our underground
old soul – speak truth
our primordial protector
life has its beginnings in your chaos
Anna Fenerty, Vinotok Wordsmythe
There is a lady mountain in repose
Her silhouette guards our valley
Watching across history
Witness to our humanity
Protecting sheltering she
Preserves the landscape with her embrace
There is a fine lady in red flowing clothes
Incarnation of geography
Impart a human face on the theater of activism
Ignite the passion of our community
So, we may never forget how important
She is to Us
Here is a lady mountain in repose
Made mostly of precious molybdenum
My lady, sovereign mountain
Mother of our town!
Threatened by those who do not see beauty
Threatened by those who see resources in place of life
Here is a fine lady in red flowing clothes
One in a line of bold preservationist
Oath sworn to forty-three years of political action
Seek a relationship with the wilderness, within and without
Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves
Sky, Flora, Fauna, Watersheds, Mountains