Sunday, March 14, 2010

Postcard from Canyon de Chelly

Photo by Russ Finley

I find myself wanting to travel again now that spring is arriving. Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Reservation is one of my favorite places. Standing on the rim and looking down, the Canyon called me to explore it on horseback and on foot during my first visit to Chinle. Here's an edited poem inspired by the visit.....
Blue Horse Sequence
Coral-colored rocks.
Chalk-white sands, The
infinite blue sky rising from
distant black mesas.
I glimpse a mirage,
A blue shimmer,a dazzle or
a wild wandering spirit....The blue horse.
The Blue Horse
speaks a secret tongue, wanders in Beauty
outside time, before, beyond
Blue horses merge in blue winds.
They raise their heads against
Chinle’s frozen winter stars.
I ride the Blue Horse Spirit. We,
kindred spirits in transformation,
Beauty behind us. Beauty in front.
Surrender to Beauty.
In Beauty
It is done.

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