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Grand Canyon Sonnet

by Kristina Woodhill


I am your human leaning tower, perched
High on aerial desire; worn, feeble
Vestiges of wings; Bright Angel, pray search
My heart; deign to catch and hold my leap of
Faith, shocked faith, caught breath, oh breathless wonder!
Canyon Grand, I yearn to tread beyond your
Soaring cliffs – dare to kiss your Vishnu Schist,
Our deepest page, our family album nest.

Heading down to count your baking layers,
Hiking down to crease your mile-deep, wide smile,
Asking your permission to sit and stare
At your exquisite sunsets, red-faced guile;
I will press my hands where old Earth is held,
Soon, I, your helpless love-struck notion, felled.

08/06/2011

Author's Note: This for the latest Sonnet challenge. Last year we stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon and vowed we would hike down in this year. We are heading down in next month. May God have mercy on my aging knees. If you don't hear from me after mid Sept., at least I will be "resting" in a fabulous place. One of the few places on Earth where what goes down, must come back up. ;)

Posted on 08/06/2011
Copyright © 2020 Kristina Woodhill

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Alison McKenzie on 08/06/11 at 07:30 PM

Breathtakingly beautiful sonnet it is, Kristina!! Just the reading of these words made me heady with a desire to also have this experience! Bravo!!!!

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 08/06/11 at 07:52 PM

A stunning example of what a sonnet Should be.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 08/06/11 at 11:18 PM

...k-gal, this is a real tripper; a [safe] jaunt down a word-visioned trail...you are too much on this one.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 08/07/11 at 10:38 PM

Poems like this do a brilliant job of making me feel like I just missed out on something extraordinary. Great job.

Posted by David Hill on 08/08/11 at 01:29 AM

This is written BIG, which is appropriate to the grand subject. I like the big smile, making it seem like a good, rather than harsh place to be, and I like the passionate ending. Energy comes through these descriptive words.

Posted by James Zealy on 08/09/11 at 01:55 AM

I already said what I wanted in the forum, this is masterful, and one of my favorites of yours for the depth of feeling and imagery.

Posted by Elizabeth Shaw on 08/09/11 at 05:03 AM

lovely

Posted by George Hoerner on 02/09/17 at 03:06 PM

A wonderful place and really great impression in this piece! Very nice write m'lady!

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