“Canyon Divides”


Poem for Lynda aka pixilated2, as promised for her art supply donation to Cheryl Locke’s third grade class.

Lynda’s Life on the Farmlet –>> http://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com/




“Canyon Divides”


Chelly like all canyons

water trickling

roved rocks

sun watches

moon self admiring nights

your presence erodes

tugging, shoving, pushing

stone of lime and sand

tiny universes explode

divides unbridgeable

forget iron cables

cement towers will not do

tossing tightly woven rope

spider strong edge to edge

below busy water swells

canyon wills be-ing

keeping juniper company

you there

looking where

hogan resides between rivers ancient striding

canyon lies under raven eyes

searching peaches sweeter in memory

before the Navajo sheep cried




Canyon de Chelly, Arizona at Land Use History of North America, Colorado Plateau http://cpluhna.nau.edu/Places/canyon_de_chelly.htm



Somethings light, lively and lovely in this Relatively Calm Production by Leon Chee.



  1. Lynda said,

    January 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Since I was a very young child I have been drawn to the peoples of this area. I read about, and was in awe of those who could live in the side of a cliff and garden in the canyons. For me it seemed so mysterious, and a hard life. I am certain that for them it was just being.

    I have been there. On our honeymoon we visited the Indian lands in the four corners area. We camped along the way and finished at the Grand Canyon. Eva, your words are beautiful! I really appreciate your adding the film of the canyon too. At the time we visited we were unable to make the trip down into the Canyon de Chelly. “Seeing” it in this film made me cry. It is so very beautiful. Thank you!

    PS: Package leaves on Friday! I have included a couple of frivolous items for teacher’s desk and some books and props. I hope your friend will enjoy them. My students and I did. I am excited to be a part of helping out, and thank you for the invitation.

    • January 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      I’m thrilled to learn that the poem and video struck such a wonderful chord with you, Lynda. So unexpected and so very rewarding. Such interconnectedness for both of us. Delightful of you to share so much of your personal history too. I am CERTAIN that Cheryl Locke and her students will enjoy everything you’ve been so gracious to send. Namaste! 🙂

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