Summer Road Trip

We left from Houston. Travelled fast to Albuquerque through one storm and a little traffic. My daughter drove most of the way but I got the storm. Hard to watch the clouds and drive, watch for a tornado to drop out of the dark sky. She told me not to worry. There would be no tornado today and Albuquerque came into view in the night. Next day we went with her friend to the Petroglyph Monument. We climbed through the rocks and the art chiseled on their surface.
Another storm came out of the Sandia Mountains whose first name was “where the water slides down”.

In the morning we left on old Route 66 and would not stop at Gallop. We ate fry bread in the Navajo Nation, I purchased a flute and heard its song when I walked outside. You can see for a hundred miles at the Painted Desert. Stood on the corner in Winslow, Arizona. Camped at White Horse Lake and it rained all night.

Two nights in Vegas and on to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We arrived after the storm and ate by the fire that night. They say the Canyon makes its own weather. The next night we camped in Zion and it rained again. The morning was dry and we hiked the Emerald Pools. This land is what the Paiute called “the straight up land”. We had gone over three thousand miles including Zion to Salt Lake City, to Boise before the tire blow out forty miles from Seattle.

Traveling the road
in the long days of summer
find destination

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dVerse journey haibun

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Summer Road Trip

You and the Eclipse

to Greg

 

Watch as the moon makes a sliver of the sun.  You can almost see it move. It put a blind spot on the surface. Solar experience. Totality somewhere. But you would not travel to the path of totality. You who doesn’t like lines, traffic or the hype. Now totality comes in another place and you are content with just a sliver of the moment.

So it never got dark, it never made that perfect circle of promised intervention or made the stars shine in the day. And now a half disc lowers itself towards the east horizon and I watch and wait for the glorious totality of the sun.

Can this be random
When heavens and earth align
Or a great design?

You and the Eclipse

Eclipse

earth goes round the sun
while moon rotates the earth
meeting on occasion
not seen too much in Perth

photographers go out
a photo op of her
all variables they doubt
the best shot may be Weiser

folks are selling glasses
keep your eyes safe viewin’
some of them are asses
fake is what their doin’

get ready ‘or the land
time it is a wastin’
be ready to take stand
next one in generations

all your preparation
only minutes to see
add to the frustration
now clouds they cover thee

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#eclipse

Eclipse

Water

the earth rises up dusty full of grime
no rain fell for seven fortnights and a day
where once was lush green now it festers brown
plants begin to shrivel and root hairs start to fade

without a sprinkle of water these plants will die
haul out the many hoses front back and side
choose to shower stream cone flat or jet propel
let the faux rain begin to douse them everyday

see the flower lift their heads
leaves turn plump and green
tender stems move upward once again

send more moisture says soil soaked again
plants say another day of sunshine we can’t stand
now keep us growing with your mercy and your rain

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dVerse prompt on sonnet in free meter

Water

Canyon Blues

fix my knee
count to three

stiff neck
what a wreck

climbing high
to the sky

Grand Canyon
find companion

feeling ill
take a pill

lay in chair
get some air

a new feelin’
done with reelin’

eat a cracker
I’m no slacker

find a look out
got no doubt

I can do it
nothing to it

comin’ round
don’t look down

feelin’ better
take off my sweater

no more chills
just Canyon thrills

on to Zion
more heights tryin’

Canyon Blues