Thursday, May 25, 2006

Southwest 32: To the Glittering World...

A Glittering Sonnet

We took the tour and saw the glittering
in all its facets from the Anasazi
ruins to John Ford’s Point. An Indian,
our guide instructed us in ceremony
and the commonplace. It all began
with Monster Slayer. Then, Kit Carson broke
the people from their land. Returning after
years of separation and disorder,
they were blessed again with arid living.
Lately though, drought was turning desert life
to something lesser than a livelihood.
I asked her if they thought it global warming.
“The Navajo don’t have a word for that.”
They know who regulates that thermostat.

~Son Rivers 2006

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