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In the Canyon
by Dayvid Graybill
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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In the Canyon


Old gallows tall on the canyon floor

Red Tail soars high

Buzzard floats low

One waits for the body

The other waits for the soul

Cold wind wafts down the canyon wall

Purgatory River idles slowly past

No humanity to be found

And still they wait.



A far off whistle of a train

The hiss of steam and turning wheels

The Ghost Train slows to a stop

There are no tracks

The cars are empty

Only a bent old man steps down

Gallows’ noose sways above

“Hang her!” he shouts

“Hang her!” but there’s no one to hear

The words reverberate off the canyon walls

Then quietness settles in.


Out of a cave in the side of the rock

An old woman slowly walks

Holding a dove in her right hand

The train silently disappears

Bent Old Man begins to shake

The gallows begins to sing

Of death, and love, and peace,

And mercy, and compassion

The woman now beautiful and young

Smiles silently at his face

“Forget it,” she says

“Let it go, let it pass”


Bent Old Man sighed

And begins to laugh

With his legs he started to dance

Youth took hold of his body and mind

He forgot what he came for

Eyes wide open he began to see

His daughter, and brothers, and sisters

And mother and father all singing together

Down through the canyon blows

Warmth of love and peace and harmony too!


Red Tail soars high

Buzzard floats low

One waits for the body

And waits, and waits, and waits

The other waits for the soul.



2010 © Dayvid Graybill




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Reviewed by The Poetess 12/23/2010
A wonderfully mystical desert dance. Gotta love the magic a peaceful desert can bring.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 11/17/2010
very good entertaining and speaking loud verse Dayvid, cheers
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 11/16/2010
All you need is love, la de da da da. Nicely done Dayvid. Patrick
Reviewed by Cela Shearer 11/11/2010
Unbelievable write. Analogies to the soul presented in explicit visuals of the West.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 11/10/2010
this haunts in such a god way
echoic to the soul of life
and death...and the mention
too of wisdom's power
"Let it go, let it pass"

Coal Mines and Discovery
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 11/9/2010
Skillfully written David....what a journey!
Thank you for sharing "In the Canyon " I will
be back! Blessings!

Much Love,
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 11/9/2010
Ah, this I sooo enjoyed, keep them coming!
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 11/9/2010
What a Wanted Poster wanted no more! The references are timeworn where jagged archaeology meets psychology, and religion erodes into sandstone scripture replaced with philosophy...a feat of a masterwork, Dayvid! The story is rendered in any man's land, any century! Such a historical vision of the gallows and spirit...Blessed Be.

Love and Phantom Canyons,
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 11/9/2010
Wow this was good, Dayvid. This writing by you painted a picture of the old west for me.

Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 11/9/2010
Masterfully written! This poem has it all going on, start to finish, excellent. One of your best!!
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 11/9/2010
Never been in let alone seen a real western canyon, but someday...there is a canyon about 100 miles off the beach from where I was raised, its called the Baltimore Canyon & is a great place to fish for BIG fish like sailfish or swordfish...e
Reviewed by Richard King 11/9/2010
^ ^ David, that's two thumbs up. Vivid imagination, splendidly related. Sounds like there's more where that came from. Nice job.... Dick
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 11/9/2010
Intoxicating! And with such intense imagery and realization of the cosmic drama.
Reviewed by George Carroll 11/9/2010
The depth of this poetry will only be understood and realized when we step from this life into the next. Your mind is expanding like the Universe and creating new stars to be explored
Reviewed by Paul Berube 11/9/2010
Great tale, Dayvid. Truly enjoyed this.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 11/9/2010
What a magnificent journey you have sent me on this morning. All the visuals, but the most poignant thoughts that stay in my mind, was the train...Very, very outstanding poetry! Love the repition of the first stanza again at the end.

Beautiful work, bravo!

Peace, love and light,
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