Waiting by the tumbleweeds
for my laundry to tumble dry
in a jerry-rigged moment of solitude.
In the Valley of the Gods,
the stone towers and shattered canyons
defy symmetry and elude explanation.
With its billion years, the canyon wall confronts.
Its striations continue for miles along, miles in,
broken only by paint, ravines and drill bores
like the irregular face of God,
marked and interrupted by our prayers,
distorted and illuminated by our investigations.
A silence greets me, nourishment enough
that I may turn from my heart of crumpled paper,
toward an unforeseen transformation.
Colin Dodds is the author of Another Broken Wizard, WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job. His writing has appeared in more than two hundred publications, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Colin’s book-length poem That Happy Captive was a finalist in the 2015 Trio House Press Louise Bogan Award as well as the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award. Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha. See more of his work at thecolindodds.com.