CHARG Resource Center Clinic and Offices 709 E. 12th Avenue Denver, CO 80203 303-830-8805 | CHARG Drop-In Center 920 Emerson Street Denver, CO 80218 303-830-2130

The Writings of Karen Aakeberg

A NIRVANA SCENE

I pull up in my Toyota, park on the side of the road, and there’s a wide -open space. It’s a big meadow fronting the mountains. Mountain peaks are in the background.A sign earlier said “You are now entering Summerside Park.” I’m wearing shorts, a jean jacket, a backpack, leather comfy hiking boots, a hat, and sunglasses. It’s a cross between spring and summertime. There are a few cars on the road. I get out of the car, and my boots crunch on the gravel. My backpack has chicken sandwiches, a banana, an apple, and a bottle of water. I start walking down the meadow and see columbine, wild aster, and wild flowers here and there. Antelope are there – they run away. The ground is dry but the soil is not hard packed – it’s softer. I walk towards the mountains until I hit a stream that connects to a larger river. There are rocks near this river and aspen across it. I sit and munch one of the sandwiches. I walk until I can’t see my car anymore. The river gets larger and noisier. I see shapes in the water- trout! I keep walking until I reach a group of aspen trees. I sit down on a patch of ground and finish my lunch. I return to my car before it gets dark – always keeping in mind which direction I came so I can find my car. I head back home.

POEMS

Poems are concentrated word

messages it seems to me

like a favorite fruit drink

or nutritious vegetable cocktail,

taken in doses, savored, flavored,

relished; some have sad tones,

others more upbeat. Others have

a profound philosophical message

or reflect history, current events
and trends. Or yet others

attempt to direct our attention

to neglected topics that need addressing.

In short they are like business memos

of the authors to their audience yet

somehow reverent, requesting deep thought~

like an operatic theme.

RAIN

Drops of sun refreshing

renewing some say gloomy

others April showers-May flowers.

Renewal fresh air invigorating it’s

a cleansing nature baptism.

SKIES

Depicted in paintings and photos

reflecting moods of the artist,

viewer of current times.

Swirls of rioting color

or calm placidity.

Program Schedule Link

Annual Report

Current Year Past Year

Contact Us

Sample

Isn't this great!