Red Stone

Note- some poems are prompted by a word or a phrase, perhaps an experience. This was suggested by an impossibly beautiful tree deep at the head of the unfortunately named “Negro Bill Canyon” off of the Colorado Rive near Moab Utah.  

red stone

by the time we reach the top of the canyon

we’ve walked through most of our words

this trail of sand and stone, the solitary blooms

of tattered desert flowers. this deep in the canyon

all light is reflected, shattered light,

passed from rim to rim until it settles like mist

luminous dust, a dry and brilliant rain.

we never know what we’ll find in the deepest canyons

of our lives like these incandescent leaves,

such improbable green, or this stone, the rich red

of freshly oxygenated blood, the red of iron and of time,

of pressure and erosion, the true red of benediction, the hard,

hard red of redemption.

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morrocan elements – first of two pieces

medinah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Struck by the contrast between the walled density of the old cities, and the edgeless space of the desert… 

 

 

medinah

squeezing like corpuscles

through the black capillaries of the medinah

the ancient spice of sweat and piss

of horses and sheep

the stench of human kind

since before memory began

generations striving

to mount the higher floors

to rise above the stink

of this shame in who we are

while the rest of us

have little choice but to ride on

wildly whipping our donkeys

crossing the road

charging hellbent, blind and desperate

deeper and deeper into the trackless

featureless sands of our lives

 

 

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sands