intangible as sunlight…it lures a man on
                                              Edward Abbey “Desert Solitaire”


Colorado river snaking through
a low-pitched music
of time and particularity
inching along, leaning in
on our precarious trail,

corralled by red cliff pinnacle  
and pocked canyon,

raven, mockingbird  
measuring their shadow distance.

Crack, crevice,
spill of basalt, sandstone, flint,
iron oxide, a high rippled seam
of history.

Herein lies an ecology
of time — the first whispered
danger on the high mesa,

the mountain lion’s disappearance
and ghostlike return.

Ahead there is a sculpted rock
300 million plus years still balancing
above the canyon.  

The vibrations from 4000 automobiles
a day have yet to bring it down.

Mary Wehner

Mary Wehner

Mary Wehner is author of four letterpress chapbooks, as well as several letterpress broadsides published by Red Hydra Press. She was nominated for a Pushcart and was Poet-in-Residence at Penland School of Craft for two sessions. She is published in various journals and anthologies around the country.