Sunday, February 28, 2010

Death Valley: Day's End

Images from Death Valley National Park, CA, February 2010

long shadows at day's end
crawl from root of mesquite
to crest of dune wanderer,
a single traveler's memory

sun mountains up the valley tiers
making walls of mist and stone
becoming a nest for stars to inhabit,
a traveler pushed above earth's lip

ladled trace of sky bowled in amber
to web up knitted troughs of sun's gear
march blown down plain pebbled with tigereye,
a walker moves among distaff walkers

cloud anvils crash against steel rims
made of stone-scattered rip hills
licking tongue of last light groaning,
a traveler lost under desert stars

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Blogger Elisabeth said...

Brilliant images, Art and these in colour. We see sunlight, blue sky and the land looks a little less inhospitable, though it's still fairly formidable.

Your poetry as ever matches the mood. Thanks.

4:44 AM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...


I've been rereading a lot of Yang Wan-Li this part of the trip. (You know I always carry a few favorite books with me!) So I thought to try working in some ancient Chinese syllabic forms. Mixed results in terms of the form, hopefully the poem doesn't suck.

12:17 PM  

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