I Know a Place

by Alanna

IMG_0893I Know a Place

Where the bones of the earth

Are laid bare

Rippled muscles of relief

Carved by centuries of thunderstorms

I know a place

Of cool arroyos shaded by cottonwoods

Ringed by cliffs of sandstone & terracottaIMG_0917

Once the beds of ancient oceans

IMG_0878I know a place

Where sagebrush, pinyon, & juniper dot the landscape

The air filled with their savory fragrance

And the ground peppered by their gray remains

I know a place

Where striped lizards race about the rocks,

Rabbits hide in the brush

And the falcon stalks its prey

Soaring in the sky above

I know a place

Where the spirits of the ancient ones

Float above the mesas

And visions fly out of my head

Like crows going home to roost

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Photos by the author

For the backstory on this poem go to byalannapass.com

 

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8 Comments to “I Know a Place”

  1. Beautiful post, Alanna. Loved the visuals. ❤

  2. 🦋 I love this. Yes, great visuals. 🦋

  3. Magnificent. Love how you accented the poem with photos

  4. Thanks for your thoughtful comment

  5. I don’t know that place,
    But you make me want to find it
    Next time you plan to go,
    Take me with you – if you don’t mind it.

    • OK Jan..This special place is Ghost Ranch north of Santa Fe New Mexico. It’s a retreat center that offers all kinds of writing, art, and spiritual classes and workshops. You would love it. I ususally try to go every year- than there was Covid. Check them out at ghostranch.org. I will keep you in mind next time I go!

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