Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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  1. Amy Nelson

    Amy Nelson Supporting Member

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    Black Canyon of the Gunnison

    We tramp ascending trails,
    scant footsteps from the canyon rim,
    we look ahead and up,
    no need for looking down.

    The canyon stares at us
    with no flutter of interest,
    no ripple of welcome.
    The canyon needs no rim walkers
    to mark the edge of sky,
    it needs no halfling voice
    to make a vagrant echo
    chasing the puny river
    that carves a new bottom each day.

    We keep to the high line
    of the trampled scuffs of booted feet,
    the wizened pine scrub reaches out to us,
    not close enough to touch,
    but near enough to drop
    the untouched cones that mark the season.

    We face the nearing sky,
    we step round to a new patch of wood,
    a turn that mutes the wind song of the canyon,
    and we nearly forget
    that we are high above that wild width,
    scant steps from that vast space.

    Poem by Richard Subber
    08-09-2019 Black Canyon - Painted Wall - 3.jpg
     
  2. AlanLichty

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    I like the mood of the poem and the scene with the stormy skies. Nice pairing.
     
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    I second Alan's thoughts. nice work here. Very creative.
     
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    I loved the poem Amy! Very appropriate indeed! And I like how you worked the storm evening we had.
     
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    Wonderful poem to go with the nice image, Amy.
     
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  6. Bob Denton

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    Very nice
     
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    Thank you Amy, makes me feel as though I have journeyed as well.

    Bart
     
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  8. Linda Combs

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    Breathtaking
     
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  9. pepper

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    i really need to add this to my list of places to experience!
     
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