Thursday, March 09, 2006

Google (blog search) 9 Sonnet: Canyon de Chelly

Too Bad They Pronounce Chelly As Shay

The more I go there, the more the area of Black Rock Mountain
     and Round Rock and Canyon de Chelly feels like some
     home from another life.
So my husband drove diesel trucks cross country,
     my daughter continued school, and I worked with
     a nonprofit program called Trees for Mother Earth
     and planted about 12000 fruit trees in Canyon de Chelly.
My eight-year-old son had the amazing opportunity
     to play with two young Navajo boys he befriended
     on the floor of Canyon de Chelly.
Ruess kept a diary and wrote numerous letters to friends
     and family telling of his "serene and tempestuous days"
     scaling cliffs in Canyon de Chelly.
Now in her late 50s, Mike has cut back on the exercise,
     but she still hikes the White House Trail to the bottom
     of Canyon de Chelly every day.
Thankfully Jo-Anne called to Canyon De Chelly and figured
     out what had happened and I had to do some smooth side
     stepping to cover what I had thought to be a jeep.
Lewis has even seen placards and fencing tagged with
     gang words in car pull-out areas at Canyon de Chelly.
You don't see those stern fellows gathering for a nice
     tea party at the Canyon de Chelly.

Then, for purposes of achieving verisimilitude, I traveled
     through Canyon de Chelly with a Navajo guide.
It is the journey of Teddy Draper, a Navajo Codetalker
     from Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, to the islands of
     Iwo Jima, Guam, and Hawaii.
At the Canyon de Chelly visitor center, we met an Indian man
     who's claim to fame was that the famous photographer,
     Ansel Adams, had photographed his mother back in the 1940's,
a close-up of the rock art found in Canyon de Chelly.
     The famous Kokopelli can be seen reclining here but still
     playing his flute.
The sheer walls of 1000-foot high Canyon de Chelly,
     in north-eastern Arizona, enclose the free-standing
     pinnacle, Spider Rock. Navajo legend tells us that
     Spider Woman lived on Spider Rock.
If there’s one thing the water users in the Canyon
     de Chelly watershed have learned over the past decade
     of drought, it’s that there’s not enough water for
     everyone who wants it.

~Dig Chase 2006

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