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Oh Anasazi,

Why did you come to Chaco Canyon

Was it abundance of orange sandstone

glowing bright in the evening sun

while full moon rises in sky of blue

Was it fertile soil and flowing water

growing beans, maize, squash and chilis

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from the land that must feed you

Were you drawn like a moth to Fajada Butte,

red monolith rising from the valley floor

drawing your gaze, day and night

Why build pueblos for four centuries

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with layer upon layer of stone slabs

and doors that open to far views

Why did you align walls and roads

to limits of sun and moon

I walk through time, from stone rooms

to Kiva courtyards with crumbling walls

Oh Anasazi,

Why did you leave your Chaco home

Where are you now and why did you roam

Dave McCauley 4/2/07

Civil/ Environmental Engineer. Retired from the USDA Forest Service in 2001. Since then I'm dabbling in oil & watercolor painting, memoirs, poetry, grandfathering, golf, gardening, Meals-On-Wheels, and OpEdNews. To preview my new book, Ekphrasis, (more...)

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This pair of ekphrastic works, both titled Chaco M... by David McCauley on Tuesday, Apr 6, 2010 at 4:22:47 PM
One digit was missing from the Blurb book (Ekphras... by David McCauley on Tuesday, Apr 6, 2010 at 5:48:36 PM
Thanx for putting them up.However the link ending ... by GLloyd Rowsey on Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010 at 7:31:08 AM
So many years ago, during a dry june, i camped in ... by sometimes blinded on Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010 at 12:07:50 AM
Sometimes - My wife and I made a day trip there in... by David McCauley on Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010 at 7:52:16 AM
Lloyd - Let me try that Blurb address one more tim... by David McCauley on Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010 at 7:41:13 AM