Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Mountain Range


Ask the way to Sierra’s

Sierra Nevada trails

snow on peak during summer

rising sun blurs fog.


I settled on Sierra’s

already it seems like years

I prowl the woods and streams

to linger and watch.


Hiked far onto the mountain

farther then most people go

grey clouds gather and billow

valley as mattress.


Blue sky always makes a good quilt

made from patches of birdsong

some Cherry Blossom scarlet

Heaven and Earth change.


Clambering up Sierra

these trails will go on and on

morning will drive a blue peak

rain washes green pond.


A wide gorge chocked with boulders

ones to climb on southern slope

rock and pine my dusty world

Sierra’s my home.



Careful of slippery grass

naked in a mountain stream

with my white body and hair

hands about to dive.


Among windless singing pine

this is the way the power

world with no pots or oven

just Manzanita.


Living in the Sierra’s

to read books and write poems

walk with dusty hiking boots

a senseless craving.


Cold breeze blurs these lonely tears

the doors to my home open

the West Wind beats on east wall

ceiling a blue sky.


Spring water in mountain creek

moonlight in the Sierra

fruit and vegetable for food

fire for when I’m cold.


No troubles in Sierra’s

scribble poems in the dirt

soon another season here

I hum a lone song.



Before life in Sierra’s

I roamed thousands of miles

to find my America

tried to taste it all.


Deep into different cities

along dirty streets at dawn

strung out on lone street corners

stretching myself thin.


Or deep mid-west prairie grass

where I pretended to swim

sat listening to bird song

long walks on flat land.


No matter where I ramble

whether running from trouble

or just roaming a hillside

I will leave no trace.


Soon gone like a million things

endless Galaxies of trees

waterfall of light in mind

the Buddha-Nature.


Woods of boundless perfection

far from dress or social norms

the language of Sierra

try to make it here.


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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

4 thoughts on “Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

  • May 31, 2022 at 4:47 PM

    Beautiful work, Jamie.
    I especially liked these lines from your poem :

    “Cold breeze blurs these lonely tears

    the doors to my home open

    the West Wind beats on east wall

    ceiling a blue sky.”

    Best wishes and Blessings!!

  • May 31, 2022 at 6:54 PM

    Sounds like you are living a dream in the “Sierra Nevada Mountain Ranges”. Where you get to be “One” with Nature and then come home…and strike up a Poem about all your experiencing. Capturing the minutest details in words…This Poetry takes you to a hike along the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Where “one’ can imagine walking the same trails as the Author. Great work. I would like to hike that area…based on all you said.

  • June 4, 2022 at 12:41 PM

    Beautiful descriptions of our Sierras. I love this mountain range that holds so much beauty of nature. The manzanita is one of my favorite plants. Spending time in the Sierras has always given me peace and refreshes my spirit. Wonderful piece, Jamie. Thank you for transporting me back to nature for a few minutes.


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