In a second reflection on “where poems come from,” sometimes you find yourself in a place so intense that you must write about it. Problematically, when it’s a place as iconic as the bottom of the Grand Canyon, well, it’s almost impossible to do so in anything close to a fresh way. But you have to try…
This poem and the accompanying image came from a photo trip down the colorado in April of 2014 lead by a terrific Utah photographer, Willie Holdman.
Here’s a link to a gallery of the southwest from Willie’s photo site…
And here’s a link to my complete gallery of Grand Canyon Images from that trip…
JFink Images Grand Canyon Gallery
rock river sand
and light, dancing
the eye of the raven, his ragged
impassive face, creator
time made solid, layered
rim to river to rim. the ghosts
of the grandfathers
watching from the high walls
as we pass, encased
in our tiny stories.
doesn’t care, the river continues
carving — deeper, deeper
into the dark heart of the world
“in our tiny stories” makes it work. I agree, it’s really tough to write about – or photograph- a place so iconic. But you did good! 🙂
Moonlight Elfs Chasm
Very, very satisfying ..
Its good to be you. Its even better to be your friend.
Happy 4th. Here next 10 days. [cid:AFDE2EA3-B492-4833-B91D-7BF39CCA3DC1]
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bonesnsnow posted: “In a second reflection on “where poems come from,” sometimes you find yourself in a place so intense that you must write about it. Problematically, when it’s a place as iconic as the bottom of the Grand Canyon, well, it’s almost impossible to do so in any”
Thanks so much to you both- Paula, see you at RA!
You have indeed captured that feeling of the GC when one humbly stands on the edge in awe of its magnificence. Your photos of Canyon’s rock, river, sand and sky take my breath away.
BEAUTIFUL JEFF. SEE YOU AT RA. PAULA >