Alpine Incense - Nancy K. Jentsch

Clouds halo alpine peaks
sanctify tree lines and snowpack
above rivulets and gullies
that lead to a wood
dappled with autumn’s paraments  ̶
it taunts the monochromatic sky
and glass lake surface
with umber, amber, gold
and green so deep its scent
serenades   blesses
our rucksack with lightness
for the hike home

Nancy K. Jentsch’s poetry has appeared recently in Eclectica, EcoTheo Review, Panoply and in numerous anthologies. In 2020, she received an Arts Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her chapbook, Authorized Visitors, was published in 2017 and her writer’s page on Facebook is