john tiong chunghoo

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Travel Haiku - Carlsbad Caverns (New Mexico)

Carlsbad Caverns
a jigsaw puzzle every inch
of the way

Carlsbad Caverns
the nook and corner of times
for adventure

Carlsbad Caverns
we enter a world beyond
the dinosaurs

The 30-mile-long Carlsbad Caverns, designated a World Heritage site in 1995, lies under the Guadalupe Mountains and is one of the most extensive underground cave systems in the world. A Permian-age fossil reef, it contains plant and animal fossils from a time before the dinosaurs when the southeastern corner of New Mexico was a coastline similar to the Florida Keys. Tours range from self-guided, easy walking tours through the Big Room (a massive 25 stories high and a third of a mile wide) to caving trips that require you to crawl through small rock formations and scale ten-foot walls.

Topic(s) of this poem: travel

Poem Submitted: Monday, February 2, 2009
Poem Edited: Sunday, April 19, 2015

Form: Haiku


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Comments about Travel Haiku - Carlsbad Caverns (New Mexico) by john tiong chunghoo

  • Patti Masterman (2/2/2009 10:46:00 AM)

    The last lines are so perfect, because that is how it feels down inside the Caverns.
    I went there as a teenager and have never forgotten the experience. I felt almost
    beyond the reach of time, down there. It is like a hall of giants, the scale is so vast.

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