September 29, 2016

Poem of Visit to Ancestral Puebloan Cliff Dwellings

Molly Zimmer
Muley Point
September 7, 2016

Cliff Dwelling Near John’s Canyon

Blistering hot hike
Long-thin shadows
Bighorn sheep and plants trailing over
Carved into stone
Hop, stretch, weave
Meander down the layers
Of time—press back
Hands in dried mud
Stacked stones
Knee-height openings of
Celestial orientation toward
The center of the heart
Rounded presence
In the earth bowl
Soft yellow cornmeal sand
Falls from the glowing ceiling
Concealing you from the cliff
Follow water washes
Slip through cracks
Emerge blessed with the land

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