Ed Trafton turns from the shimmering water
of Shoshone Lake to the first of fifteen tourist coaches,
pulls the black silk neckerchief up the bridge of his nose,
plants himself in the road and says, “Please step out
and come this way.” Black is so hot. “Drop your valuables
on the blanket.”
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, we commissioned fifty poets to write poems about a park in each of the fifty states for the project Imagine Our Parks with Poems. Take a tour of our National Parks through poems.