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River's End

Wherever our Colorado River ends, life recedes with its water, it no longer has a delta. There are only miles of cracked earth. Far in the distance deep fissures spread. Crags, low mountains, stretch across horizon, separating empty sun baked clay from high desert clouds. Dark clouds, with their life giving rain, appear to float, migrate over low mountains. Darkness covers this portion of earth: shadow of cloud, depth of retreated water, vast emptiness expanding from neglect. Some light penetrates openings in clouds. Pink and purple illuminates their edges. Sunlight reveals mountain sides. Atmosphere lends interest to an otherwise barren plane. It is unusual to see a landscape with limitless potential and no life. Potential has not been drained from this place yet. In time countless people will have bled all water from the river, leaving a truly empty place. Light reflects from hardening clay. Sun’s halo reveals lifeless matter, like Saturn’s frozen rings, but no ice crystals here. Only baked earth where water ran, Colorado River’s temporary end.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 2/2/2015 5:04:00 PM
What a picture desolation, yet what vision in imagery wonderful your verse expose, this is nicely done, and thanks for your comments and your right about Godzila, cheri
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Date: 2/10/2015 5:42:00 PM
Thank you again, and yes, your poem about Godzilla is a fun read.
Date: 1/16/2015 3:37:00 PM
You make it sound so desolate yet still colourful. I have flown over and driven in The Saraha Desert and your write envokes those memories of utter nothingness for mile upon mile yet still beautiful to witness. God Bless D.
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Date: 2/10/2015 5:44:00 PM
A late thank you, sorry. I am still getting used to how things work on this site. Your experience is enviable.