Tuesday, September 21, 1993

PETROGLYPHS TO THE SUN, PAROWAN GAP


PETROGLYPHS TO THE SUN, PAROWAN GAP


The snake seeks the sun
crawling to the sky, a ladder
for the small spider gods
and the continuation of day.
Equinox. Sun and moon
and the trail to the sky is open
to the orbital continuation of days.
Amid the debris of the 20th century,
I am looking for the symmetry of worked stone,
finding only crystalline structures
in the desert varnish, the exposed marble,
the crushed hearts of riverstones,
and other signs of ancient oceans.
What of those concentric circles
with an upraised hand?
The beseeching of water, the labyrinth?
Is it the snake or lightning
that climbs up the rocks to the sky?
Hands at the end of the path to guide us—
At the four corners, an intersection.
The division of power—a circle and a cross.
At least the wind knows its own strength.
We are gathering rocks for those who will follow
the small hidden selves—
I am looking for symptoms of earlier cultures
than the amber glass, cans & cigarette butts
that will survive us.


9/21/93 Parowan Gap, Utah

1994 Steelhead Special



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