July 26, 2011 at 12:50 PM
"Just had two flashfloods in the last two days..."
Thor Sigstedt is an artist in wood, words, cameras, bronze, cast iron, glass, notes and steel; a homesteader from Spirit Valley specializing in forest diversity and “land ethics” and a dabbler in practical and non-practical non-zero new paradigm complexity in the multiverse.
Just had two flashfloods in the last two days (and it wasn’t even raining on the ranch) and, of course, we are glad to “have the moisture”, as they say around here, even though the land here lies awaiting the personal touch and it made me think of something I wrote a little while back:
AFTER THE FLOOD
AFTER THE HUGE FLOOD
I WALKED DOWN
THE RAVAGED CREEKBED AMAZED
AT THE VOLUME AND HOW THE FLOW SPREAD OUT OVER PLACES
WHERE I HAD NEVER SEEN WATER FLOW, MUCH LESS, GREAT AMOUNTS, ALMOST UNTHINKABLE,
HARD TO WRAP THE BRAIN AROUND, TREES WRAPPED HIGH WITH
MUDDY GRASS AND STICKS, A COUPLE A SADDLE BLANKETS, TREE TRUNKS
FROM GOD KNOWS WHERE.
NOW IT'S PURE ROCK,
THE HEART OF THE GORGE.
ROCKCLIMBING; HAND AND FOOT WORK,
THEN THERE THEY ARE; THE POOLS BECKON LIKE SIRENS,
SO UNPLANNNED; STRIPPING LIKE A COWBOY, TENDER OF FOOT;
SUPER WHITE SKIN MEETS COOOOLD WATER, UNSURE
DEPTHS....FINALLY A BRAVE THRUST,
NOW SWIMMING, KICKING SO SPLASH MEETS SOLID STONE AND SKY (AND, OF COURSE, THE RAILROAD TRACKS AND S SHAPED, THREE-LEGGED BRIDGE SNAKING AND HOVERING ABOVE ME).
WHERE THIS MAN MEETS THE EXHALED FINAL PURE NECTAR OF THE FLASH FLOOD,
COOL, CLEAN, CALM;
FREE OF RAGE,
POOLS WASHED.... CARVED DEEP,
FLOOD-SWEPT VALLEY CLEAN; LEAVING CLEAR WATER AND A THRILLED MAN DOING A TIMELESS THING,
ANOTHER SNAP SHOT..FILM CLIP IN ETERNITY;
FOOT, SPLASH, SKY
FRAMED BY FRIGHTFULLY
TALL, HARD ROCK GORGE;
THRILL OF BEING ALIVE AND KICKING
LIKE WE ALL , SOMEHOW, PROFOUNDLY BELONG HERE.
YET (SOME) FEAR SWIMS WITH THE "MERCIFUL GREAT SPIRIT",
SO MY HEART, BRAIN, MUSCLE
THOSE POOLS, CASCADING LIQUID
NEW MEXICO SKY....
AND SUN ONLY A MEMORY HELD BY STONE'S WARMTH,
TRUE BLUE EXPERIENCE IN RUSTIC SKYSCRAPER'S FOUNTAIN