West Virginia is uniquely beautiful, age-old and stately at once.

Morgantown is our new home, and from here we will explore.

Coopers Rock State Forest, just east of Morgantown, is a universe in itself; a place where one can find peace of mind.

Coopers Rock State Forest in West Virginia — April 2016 (Photo by Mark A. Shephard)
A fabulous view of the Cheat River valley is seen from the end of Raven Rock Trail in Coopers Rock State Forest in Morgantown, W.Va., on October 24, 2016. (Photo by Mark Shephard)

THE SKY PAINTERS

High on a ladder,
see the paint fly.
The men are up early
painting the sky.

Here since sunrise
with brushes and buckets,
the white clouds are up now
and lots more besides:

mountains of storm
and oceans of purple
with islands of sun
golden as corn.

There’s lots to be done,
but finish they shall —
they do every day —
somehow before sundown
they’re all gone away.

—Marc Harshman

(poet laureate of West Virginia)

Coopers Rock State Forest in West Virginia — April 2016 (Photo by Mark Shephard)

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