Juan Olivarez

Silver Star - 4,255 Points (september 12 / nyssa oregon)

I'Ve Crossed The Painted Desert - Poem by Juan Olivarez

I've crossed he painted desert,
My eyes wide like a child's.
Walking till my feet hurt,
With the glory of the wild.

And I entered a Petrified forest,
With the trees all turned to stone.
And I was not inclined to rest,
I was like a leaf, wind blown.

I've climbed the Amboy Crater,
And I went down it's throat.
In Amboy California,
Just like a mountain goat.

I've been high in the sky,
On a mountain called Big Bear,
Watching snow flakes on the fly,
With that same childish stare.

The good lord has shown me,
Such wonders that he made.
That I was so thankful to see.
Before life starts to fade.

5/29/11 Alton Texas

Poet's Notes about The Poem

One of the most moving experiances of my life was when I visited the Painted Desert and The Petrified Forest.I wouldn't trade this experiance for anything.

Comments about I'Ve Crossed The Painted Desert by Juan Olivarez

  • Smoky Hoss (7/4/2012 7:55:00 PM)

    Oh there you go again Juan, making my soul long for that great American mystery, the southwest... thanks for the journey; wonder filled words! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • (6/1/2011 8:55:00 PM)

    There is a lot to see. Every time I tried to see Meteor Crater in Arizona, it
    was closed. I like the feeling of wonder in this.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 29, 2011

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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