Held against my will in Death Valley,
I find myself holding my breath
at the unexpected beauty that peeks
from a distance. Can't be safe,
but it is high enough for Joshua trees
to raise their arms. Told a waterfall
18-feet high tickles. Ferns have lain
moss to cushion its rock-torn feet.
Still in Death Valley.
A horror stone avoids. A lake that was
all set to fill ended up having to settle
for salt-crusted soil looks hard as rock.
Try it. Walk out a ways. Suck
you like a lollipop. Hear-tell of
a feller the muck buried. Still
standin, 'e was. Makes you mad.
Look through the swirls of dust.
an' grit. See the crumpled rugs look
like giants ordered? Hop-skip-'n'-a jump
to an oasis ain' cookin' at 1:20 Fahrenheit.
Sun's been known to up the ante to 136.
Still, if will pull yourself up, knock
the gunk off your boots and tighten
what's left of the straps on your pack,
you can cross 'er. Got the mettle, 'at
is. Me? Just have to close the cover
of a magazine that is, as it ought to be,
the color of sun stirred into gold..
(c) Phyllis Jean Green, 2008
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|Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
|Beautiful imagery which evokes feelings of desperation but strength also. Liz|
|Reviewed by Sheri Uy
|Wonderful insights, Pea. Uniquely expressed.
|Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
|Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader)
|Uniquely arranged thoughts. Well penned in a 'natural voice' way!|
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
I have enjoyed the reading of "Geographic Thoughts".
Keep posting Your creations.
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
|Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
|I hiked out of the Canyon during late August...The air you breathe is dirt but the beauty cleanses your senses! I knock some gunk off my boots that trip!
You brought me back! :)
...and THANKS for that! I love your pen!
Love and Peace~
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Excellent imagery and verse, Pea; very well penned! BRAVA!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Even Death Valley has its beauty--a reminder to be grateful for what we have? Starkly imaged wonderment, your words.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
|Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
|your write sure was in stark contrast to our huge pile-up of snow here in northern Utah--|