1st place winner, BYU Charles Redd Writing competition 2013
Lead me down your snaky trails
of twisting paths and flinty glaze
to ocher canyons etched in fire
by sunlight's lofty rays.
As canyon shadows fall,
Where night birds dance above the lake
And lonely eagles call.
Douse me 'til I'm blue,
Bounce me through the rocky course where voyagers are few.
Etched by frothy hue.
Take me to your glens and coves
that Anasazi knew.
Wind me 'round your sandstone fjordsOf sandwiched mauves and grey,
Circle me with stony walls
That time has worn away.
Shower me o'er your coral ridge
Where sandstone calmness rules.
Where elusive peace lies still,
And mirrored reflections tranquilize the agitated will.
To canyons sprayed with gold
Where calm respite is heaven sent
And river tales are told.