MOTIVE AND DENIAL - A SHORT STORY
by JAY CLAYTON WILSON
Copyright 2010 Jay Clayton Wilson
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MOTIVE AND DENIAL
Entire mountains are washed away by summer snowmelt. Slowly, one grain at a time, rugged peaks disappear into the valleys and then to the sea where they will rest until nature determines otherwise. Erosion in the Rockies takes its toll from grandeur without remorse. Dramatic landslides expose visible scars where trees once flourished. Less dramatic are the arroyos and canyons where vistas abound. Less dramatic still are the steep washes whose narrow sides slash into the mountain as if it will not notice nature's rhythmic intent to gouge a larger path for snowmelt as the ages flow by. Until then, man that is oblivious to their presence in winter when the snow is deep and the cold presses his attention to precious comforts.