Haiku Of The Canyons Poem by Chuck Toll

Haiku Of The Canyons

Rating: 4.5

Grand Canyon

Touching the gray stone
Formed beneath an inland sea
Before life on land.

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Grand Gulch

High on canyon walls
Bleached silent by constant sun
The sheep and snakes dance.

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Bullet Canyon

Hidden, old yet whole,
A kiva with sipapu
Summoning spirits.

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Aruvaipa Canyon

Rustling fronds obscure
The scraping of the wren.
Canyon morning breeze.

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Betatakin Canyon

So narrow at points
You can touch both walls,
Or suddenly drown.

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Chevalon Canyon

Two ravens riding
Updrafts from the heated walls,
Wheeling in silence.

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No Name Canyon, Hovenweep

Water from a seep
Drips down moss to a hole cut
The shape of a gourd.

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Chaco Canyon

Trails spider outwards,
Webs to trade and to rule
Others less warlike.

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Eaton Canyon

From the tamarisks
Beneath the rim homes and pools
A bear’s eyes watch us.

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Glen Canyon

Lake sediment clings
To rocks waiting to be cleansed
Slowly by the rains.

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Canyon of the Yellowstone

The waterfalls’ crash
Deafens RVs and tourists,
And Clark and Lewis.

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Canyon de Chelly

Pickups in streambeds
Below the empty ruins
For exorbitant fees

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Zion Canyon (Backside)

Meeting the cold stare
Of two men in worn denim
While crossing the ford.

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Smith Rock Canyon

The deadened echoes
Of climbers feeling their way
Watched by an eagle.

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