Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon
Lisa A.Williams

I look to the depths
far, far below
to crevices, caverns 
formed long ago,
to twisting trails,
ledges steep,
winding rivers with 
pools so deep.
Under the gaze
of Wotan's Throne,
a river of scarlet steals
mammoth stone.
High above in heaven's eye,
the Temple of Vishnu
guards changing sky.
Mountains greet 
with great surprise,
cascades of color,
with each sunrise.
Golden walls with
lavender hues,
shades of pink 
and smoky blues.
Rainbows of stone
dance in fading light,
lengthening shadows
with the approach 
of night.
Distant howls echo
in black skies,
piercing the silence
with lonely cries.
Into the depths
of the purple abyss,
surrounded by towering
crimson cliffs.
Showers of turquoise
bathe ancient walls,
sculpting new images
as water falls.
Bright Angel Point
in creation's glory,
from the beginning
knew the story
of a piece of
untamed land ,
how it succumbed
to nature's hand.
Woven by time
into glorious form,
witness to age
and frequent storm.
Beneath an endless sky
of change,
the molten earth
expanded range,
took over more of
untamed ground,
transforming stone
into craggy mound.
Watchtowers rose
from the silent earth,
each new creation
celebrating its birth.
Below an air of
altered shade
a new foundation of 
world was made.
A brush in hand,
the painter can see
the miracle of nature
and all it can be.
Trying to capture 
the beauty of age
seems impossible 
with human gauge.
So much to take in,
the eyes try to behold
an ancient image of
creation so bold.
Formed by ice
 and melting snow,
an artist's canvas 
sketched long ago.


  1. The Grand Canyon has rarely been painted so beautifully. A lovely work, here, Lisa. Vivid and detail-rich, as well as emotion-filled.

  2. A beautiful capture of a spectacular landscape. I loved imagining all the colors and scenes you described.......especially love the idea of "an artist's canvas, sketched long ago."

  3. I like how you've used colour to bring this poem alive for the reader. I'd love to visit the Grand Canyon one day.

  4. Wonderfully painted a real picture of colour and emotion. Loved It.

  5. So many colors here...I like the canvas you have painted ~

  6. The colors are wonderful in this! Now I really want to go to the Grand Canyon to see such beauty. Thankfully your poem brings it to me. Well done with the rhyming as well. That can be difficult to sustain, especially with a lengthier piece.

  7. Lisa- This is glorious... now I want to go there!

  8. I'm normally not a big fan of the center alignment, but in this case it is reminiscent of the shape of the canyon walls. You've painted quite a word-picture here!

  9. Lisa,

    I think that I have actually viewed the Grand Canyon, via your fabulous use of vivid words and colours!!!


  10. Wow....words can actually create magic! You've painted a gorgeous picture of Grand Canyon, Lisa! Absolutely loved this one~

  11. Oh, I can SO TELL you are an artist. Paint, Paint, Paint! :)

  12. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments on this post!

  13. I enjoyed this lively, colorful journey through the Grand Canyon!

  14. You have captured such beauty in this color-filled poem. I have seen the Grand Canyon once, wouldn't mind seeing it again.

    Would it be possible for you to get rid of Word Verification? It is always so hard to post responses and becomes tiring after a while. It just irritates the responder and serves no purpose.


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