Along the Gaviota coast the sea
is calm, expectant, and the lowering sun
raises gray shades to interlace each tree
as if of winter’s silken webs was spun
this scandent fog. Lace tight this splintered wood;
bind well this sundered, weather-riven bole,
split to the heart. I had misunderstood,
beguiled by placid sun, how great a toll
this shore imposes. Here above the strait,
this soul as fractured as a cypress, all
my nature’s angels thus adjudicate
and find me wanting. Here before the fall
I watch the sun despond, the breeze abate,
the past come to a close, the end, that’s all.
Because the new year looms a mere 95 days or so away, and because the world needs one more desert landscape photography calendar to help you navigate the new year, this blog proudly offers the somewhat grandiosely named Sentinels of The Mojave 2010 Calendar. It costs just $20.10. See what I did there?
All proceeds from sales of this calendar go to buying me coffee while I grind out chapters of the Joshua tree book. So buying one, or a dozen, is really an act of charity when you get right down to it. Charity toward the trees, I mean. Not me. It’s all about the trees.
I was using a piece of this photo in something else and thought “hey, that’s not bad for a zoo animal shot. I should put it up on the blog.” So here you go.
[Reading this at the writer’s group tonight. This won’t be here forever, but thought I’d share it. Devoted readers of my work may find a passage or two to be somewhat familiar. The first chapter draft — or intro, or whatever — is here.]
Removed so that I can edit and sell it. Thanks for your incisive comments.
From a conversation between US President Richard M. Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, September 16, 1973.
Nixon: Nothing new of any importance or is there?
Kissinger: Nothing of very great consequence. The Chilean thing is getting consolidated and of course the newspapers are bleeding because a pro-Communist government has been overthrown.
Nixon: Isn’t that something. Isn’t that something.
Kissinger: I mean instead of celebrating – in the Eisenhower period we would be heroes.
Nixon: Well we didn’t – as you know – our hand doesn’t show on this one though.
Kissinger: We didn’t do it. I mean we helped them. [garbled] created the conditions as great as possible.
Nixon: That is right. And that is the way it is going to be played.