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Passers-by   4 comments

 

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Two paths ascending
Leaving wakes in sea of sand
A chance resonance

 

Scratching the Surface   2 comments

There is a miracle here: that human minds and hearts continue to meet in remote rocky ravines, reaching one another across the grand span of thousands of years. Solid legacy.

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Prayer corridor
Rivers of rock stitch the land
Ancient outpourings

A Mountain, Unfinished   2 comments

Inspired by the barren beauty of Death Valley, where past and future ancestors convene

A Mountain, Unfinished

 
Bare, downbeat gullies scribble haphazard stories dabbled rough in gold and gray
Your pedigreed bedrock rusting, crumbling under pressure-wash of mundane wind and rain
 
Tilted off your axis, your labored lifetimes slip, their angles too steep
Jumbled debris slides to your feet jarring memories so faint, held tight, of warm and shallow seas
 
And now intrusions! From dark-broken depths
Melt long edges of your grand mantled heart ready to gleam their crystalled beams
 
But not till you bring them to light.
One more aching uplift . . .
        Unhiding the past, you inch up to the sky
 

Gusts of Magic   Leave a comment

The hills below

Shadows roam the hills

Flock of clouds winging through sky

Whims of the wind

Abstract Sky

Posted December 23, 2014 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Lessons at My Feet   2 comments

Death Valley Dunes, 2012

Dropped by tides of sky after eons on the mountainside,

Collective spheres of wholeness, perfect pieces of the Greater Sweep telling us why we are here.

Every silver-gold bit of sand, every dune, cloud and whispered heartbeat

A note of finest Melody

Posted August 25, 2014 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Death Valley Crucible   Leave a comment

 

Another heated

exchange, leaving seeds of salt

to bloom between storms

 

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Devil’s Golf Course, Death Valley National Park, California

 

 

Posted January 21, 2014 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Desert Refrain   2 comments

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Habits of the wind

Standing waves, stair-step duet

Sandy swoop and drop

Posted January 18, 2014 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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A Mountain, Unfinished   Leave a comment

Inspired by the barren beauty of Death Valley, where past and future ancestors convene

A Mountain, Unfinished

 
Bare, downbeat gullies scribble haphazard stories dabbled rough in gold and gray
Your pedigreed bedrock rusting, crumbling under pressure-wash of mundane wind and rain.
 
Tilted off your axis, your labored lifetimes slip, their angles too steep
Jumbled debris slides to your feet jarring memories so faint, held tight, of warm and shallow seas.
 
And now intrusions! From dark-broken depths
Melt long edges of your grand mantled heart ready to gleam their crystalled beams
 
 
But not till you bring them to light.
One more aching uplift . . .
        Unhiding the past, you inch up to the sky
 

Posted May 10, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Scratching the Surface   Leave a comment

Hearts and minds ignited, we work and rework our creative gifts, hoping to somehow spark another’s soul. Likewise with the petroglyph artist, who depicted divine praise, or, perhaps, pedantic mind-maps throughout scattered hallways of Death Valley. Even when the “glyphs” (petro-glogs?) were only scratched as deep as the thin veneer of desert varnish, they enjoyed vast lasting power, enduring at least 525,000,000 times longer than most blog-posts survive on our screens!

There is a miracle here: that human minds and hearts continue to meet in remote rocky ravines, reaching one another across the grand span of thousands of years. What a solid legacy!

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Prayer corridor
Rivers of rock stitch the land
Ancient outpourings

Posted May 6, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Passers-by   2 comments

Death Valley’s dunes offer countless stories imprinted on the sand. When I saw these criss-crossing insect trails, it made me think how my own path continually and invisibly crosses paths with others’. And even though our “shared” moments may be separated by minutes, centuries, or even millennia, my life is sweetened by the art, music, intellect, whimsy, and depth of those folks whose past quests keep intersecting with my questions. So I dedicate this photo to Mozart, Emerson, the ancient Egyptians, Michelangelo, my ancestors, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Black Elk, the Buddha, ponderosa pine, the Metolius River, and many more . . . . to each and all, I thank you!

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Two paths ascending
Leaving wakes in sea of sand,
A chance resonance

Posted April 21, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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