I remember sleeping out under the stars during a Girl Scout campout. It was an open area, few light pollutants and a cloudless night. I learned the North Star (Polaris), the dippers both Big and Little (Ursa Major and Minor), Cassiopeia, and as we lay on our sleeping bags looking up, a cross directly above us. The scout leader shone a flashlight into the direction she wanted us to look and we could follow her light to the next star or constellation.
Decades later I woke on my cot in the middle of the night. I was at the Upper Tanner on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. New moon. Deep sand. It was so hot, I lay naked on my sleeping bag. I couldn’t sleep, watched the Milky Way, and saw Pleiades rising.
under this one sky
a circle magnificent
above or below
dVerse prompt to write a haibun of an experience in the natural world that influenced your life. Going through the Grand Canyon on a rafting trip grounded my life to the power of nature (God).
2 thoughts on “New Moon Deep Sand”
I love the progression in your haibun, Jane, and the way the memories (a decade apart), the paragraphs and the haiku are linked by the night sky. I also love that the words ‘New Moon. Deep sand’ are also your intriguing title – I didn’t know that there was sand by the Colorado River.
Yes, lots of sand making it very hard to walk as your feet sink in about six inches.
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