MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh


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‘the wave’

banded rock in Valley of Fire, Nevada

 

time

captured in sedimentary rock

bands

of months, decades, centuries

red

with rusting iron

white

unoxidized

gouged then by

desert torrent from distant rain

flooded under azure cloudless sky

or

minute by minute

grains of sand borne on screeching wind

or

suicidal drops of water leeching minerals

to surface, to die immediately by sun’s evaporation

eras

cementing ancient seafloors

lifted

band on band of captured millennia

 

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‘indian marbles’

like oyster pearls

these near spheres

begin as irritant infusions

a quartz crystal

or iron grain

layer upon layer of

binding carbonate

grows outward

hardening shells

weather erodes their surrounding

sandstone

freeing them

child’s play

Valley of Fire, Nevada