October 25, 2017

The dam is beautiful, and …


By Paul Ross
Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, AZ
September 28, 2017

the dam is beautiful,
      and nearly complete in imponderability.
who could know what five million kilowatts (or however much it was) feels like?
the kodak shot is composed of an arch of parabolic grace,
       made slender by the enormity of those hewn canyon walls

the dam is beautiful,
       occupying a tenuous membrane between
clean power
and
power for power's sake. between
water still
and
its will to move. between
temporality
and
perpetuity. between
harmony with
and
middle-fingered defiance of
nature
the river
the world

that one day it may be gone makes both all too much, and absolutely no sense.

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