Far Horizons

by Bliss Carman


 

TRAVELLER'S JOY


 

BY the pass of the Coquahalla,
Where the roadbed snakes and clings
To the soaring perilous rockface—
Where an eagle needs his wings;

Down through the wooded canyons

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Of the Otter and Tulameen,
Where first October wanders
Pale gold through the sombre green;

You will come to the Okanagan,
And meet a breath of the South,

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Where the wind that brings fair weather
Comes up from the valley’s mouth.

You may ride to the gates of morning
On slopes of yellow pine
And flats of sage and greasewood,

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In a country I call mine.

You may camp in the open timber
On the level-floored plateaus,
When sunset dyes the tree trunks
Cinnamon, purple and rose,

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While blued in the smoke of evening
The pink-gray ranges rise,—
With the piney smell in your nostrils,
And your heart in Paradise.