October 6, 2014

California Checkerpoint by David Chorlton

The grey weight of clouds
presses down against the windy grass
whose roots are restless in the earth.
Half hidden in the knee-high
growth, discarded cans
lie close to the mesh
a cactus became when it toppled
down next to the vertebrae
vultures stripped white
when they came down from their thermals.
A fresh gust sends a wave
toward the drop into the gorge
which swallows time.
The day has darkened
into rain. A Checkerpoint
with black and orange wings
is holding on to the planet 
as it spins from storm to storm.

David Chorlton recently participated in the Fires of Change Project & Workshops, North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, (Sponsored by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, the Landscape Conservation Initiative, and the National Endowment for the Arts.), with the exhibiton to follow in Flagstaff, in 2015.

1 comment:

  1. Well done! I forwarded this to my husband the environmental blogger.