Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Poem: One Night, Adirondack

adirondack night

One Night, Adirondack

How Much Would You Pay

For One Night of Quiet Solitude

By A Crackling Campfire

Under the Stars


How Much Would You Value

One Night of Peaceful Reflection

Illuminated Only

By the Light of The Moon

How Much Is It Worth?

One Night of Complete Rest

Cloaked in Cedar Tree Shadows

Serenaded by Loons

How Much Would You Trade

For One Night to Yourself

Shared Only with Nature

Free of The World

How Much Would You Treasure

One Night Alone in The Woods

Drifting Towards Sleep

On A Cool Mountain Breeze

Just How Much

 Would You Trade, Treasure, Value?

Just How Much

Is That One Night Worth?

How Much Would You Pay

For One Night


adirondack outlaw canoe

Photos by Richard Monroe

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A veteran north country writer & story teller raised in Saranac Lake, Dick enjoys “Living in the Day I Am In”, and then writing about it. A severely speech impaired 3x cancer survivor, his pen is his voice. He shares many of his Adirondack Outlaw adventures & tales here. Read the rest on his blog @ adirondackoutlaw.com.

14 Responses

  1. Bill Ott says:

    I would Pay
    Right Away
    For a ride
    With you by my side
    Even Though
    I do not know
    Who You are
    Or what car
    Would have you in it
    So I could find it.
    Bring beer

    • Richard Monroe says:

      Thank you, Mr. Ott. A poem for a poem. I appreciate that. I’m not hard to find, my canoe is my car. It’s pictured above. Unfortunately, it’s a single seat ride, & I’m post cancer tube fed & don’t drink. So, while I enjoy meeting new folks up on the lake or in camp, please BYOB (both beverages & boat.) In the meantime-Best wishes for a Happy Holidays-Cheers!


    Having been fortunate to experience these wonders, I’d say priceless.

    • Richard Monroe says:

      Mushroom Mike! Better start contemplating & planning what mushrooms will go best with an Adirondack Outlaw camp chef’s venison roast! Hopefully, we’ll get together in camp again next summer. Til then-have a great holiday season, & keep posting those great mushroom pics on TWITTER!

  3. JB says:

    Richard, a truthful and contemporary Adirondack poem–one that asks questions and the kind that we are all thinking about. I believe to truly be called “Adirondack” poetry, the “Adirondacker” status of its author is not important, nor its structure, its content, nor its setting, etc.–it is a matter of perspective: “inside out” as opposed to “outside in”: i.e., the wilderness as at once vast and fragile, pristine but coveted, private yet public. That is what the essence of “Adirondack” has come to mean, for better and worse. I’m always impressed by your writing: truth to power.

    (Impressed to be in the company of the legendary Mushroom Mike as well.)

    All the best,

    • Richard Monroe says:

      Thank you, JB. Just for the record, the poem was written on scraps of paper & in my head while spending a night alone on the shores of Middle Saranac Lake, which is also where I took those pics. As to “Adirondacker” status, I realize you refer to my earlier piece. However, in that same vein, I just got news from my brother- he bought me a special surprise gift for my birthday (just passed)- a St. Armand’s “Hometown Heroes” banner that will hang near the Murray House I grew up in on Stevenson Lane in Saranac Lake! One of the(many) unique features of that house, is that not only do the Franklin & Essex County lines run THROUGH the…kitchen(?), the St. Armand & North Elba town lines do somewhere as well. (In fact- at one point while we owned it one of those municipalities that we WEREN’T paying taxes to actually put our house up for tax sale!). Anyways, as a result – I apparently qualify for a town of St. Armand “Hometown Heroes” banner (for which I am humbly grateful & thrilled). Thus, permanently cementing, I think, my “Adirondacker” status-leaving only my status as a true poet in question. And yes- Mushroom Mike is indeed legend. And trust me-he knows it! Happy Holidays!

      • JB says:

        To you as well, and happy birthday, Richard (my brother’s birthday was yesterday). And I’m glad to hear the news that, thanks to your own brother, your status as an Adirondacker is de facto secured in perpetuity. (Very interesting story.)

  4. Bill Ott says:

    Does truth decide power of vice versa?

  5. Linda Ramirez says:

    Beautiful. Love the photo. Living here in the Adirondacks, particularly during the pandemic, is priceless.

  6. Richard says:

    Priceless indeed, yet available to all, as long as we keep it wild. Terrific photo!

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