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Poetry: the land speaks and a cowboy listens

John Dofflemyer, another  “stream” from the Kaweah Land and Arts Festival, steward, rancher, poet living on Dry Creek in the Kaweah River Watershed:

This poem was posted September 21, 2009 on his Dry Crik Journal


I grope in the shadows, run my hand
along the familiar and feel the soft
moss on forgotten piles of granite.

Surely a thread of grace appears
here in the half-light, illuminated
between the stone-cold dead

and the musty smell of living –
surely there is some solace
missed by the genius of science

in these scattered, fractured ruins
where I may rest my head and relax.
Off in the valley, bright head and

red tail lights stream urgently
to the churning wind above me,
the wings of ravens returning

from the fields, a squadron strung
high for miles to the oak trees
beyond the ridgelines we never see.

©John Dofflemyer

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2 comments on “Poetry: the land speaks and a cowboy listens

  1. Niki
    November 16, 2009

    Nice to read your comments about the festival! I’m so glad you were a part of our first festival… there are sure to be many more. Check out the SRT website for some photos. Video coming sometime soon.

  2. thedeeperwell
    November 20, 2009

    The SRT, or Sequoia Riverlands Trust website is http://www.sequoiariverlands.org and I am looking forward to video postings of that wonderful symposium. It needs to be seen by a lot of people!

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