I originally shared this photo on my Facebook page a few days ago along with a few others I’d taken while visiting Quechee Gorge in Vermont, a “mini-Grand Canyon” just over the NH border. As I was taking some of the photos, I immediately knew I’d have to write a few poems about them – and sure enough, this was the first! It is a cherita, an English poetic form that has its roots in the haiku & tanka tradition. (I’ve written cheritas before, HERE and HERE)
If you ever visit Vermont, this is definitely a place I’d encourage you to visit; the entire trail, from one end to the other, is less than a mile, so you can spend a day there and really enjoy the weather, scenery, and your time! Or, if you’d like to extend your walk up through the Dewey Pond Trail at the upper end of the gorge (see the photo to the left), you can add an extra mile to your visit.
The gorge was created about 15,000 years ago when glaciers retreated and carved their calling card into the bedrock; a glacial lake (Lake Hitchcock) that had formed in Connecticut from all the glacial deposits eventually extended all the way up through the Green Mountain State and into Canada, before succumbing to erosion as the glaciers receded and the Ottauquechee River formed. You can read more about the gorge HERE.
If you’d care to read a poem I wrote 2 years ago for my daughter’s birthday, inspired by the Dewey Pond Trail, you can view it HERE. And if you’d like to check out all of today’s Poetry Friday links, please be sure to stop by Deowriter, where Jone Rush MacCulloch is hosting the complete roundup!
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20 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Quechee Gorge cherita”
How perfectly beautiful…and cherita inspiring. This reminds me of places in western NY where I grew up. It seems to be the land of mini Grand Canyons. Happy Trails, Matt!
Thanks so much, Linda!
Matt! What a timely post for me. I leave Tuesday to go look at University of Vermont with my son. (And get some fly fishing in. He’s a crazy fly-fisherman.) I’ll have to see how far Burlington is from Quechee Gorge. Sounds like an amazing place to visit. I loved the cherita. (Thanks for teaching me something new- I had never heard of this form!)
Cool! UVM is only about an hour & a half from Quechee, straight down I-89. If you have the time, it’s definitely worth checking out!
What a gorgeous spot. (I’ve never met a river I didn’t love) I liked your cherita here and loved the poem for your daughter.
Thanks so much, Cheriee!
Beautiful! Now I want to go hiking in Vermont. I like how your cherita reflects the beauty of the gorge and shares the geology that created it..
Thanks, Kay…I was thinking of how to phrase what I wanted to say, and the scientific terms had such great internal rhyme, I had to use them!
I love hearing of other beautiful places I may never see in person. This is lovely, Matt, and your poem about ‘revealing secrets’ is so right. Time & change bring beautiful things.
I always find it intriguing that such beauty has come about from such chaotic devastation. Thank you, Linda !
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Beautiful words and pictures! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Thank you, Ruth!
I read through your various poems and perused your photos, Matt. I have never traveled to the places you mention-so beautiful. Can I interest you in sending me one of your image poems and nature photos for my #EmbraceableSummer collection on Twitter that will be turned into a gallery someday?
Of course, Carol! I’m always happy to do so!
Gorgeous area, I can see how it would inspire many poems. Your poem here has a touch of mystery and humor, an interesting blend, thanks Matt.
Thanks so much, Michelle!
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Great one. It reminds me of the where I was yesterday, Klickatat River Gorge.
I feel fortunate it’s so close by! Thanks, Jone.
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