Place of Deep Healing

 

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Mist-drenched,

she peers through falls—

aboriginal woman

saluting creation.

 

Cell phones and Facebook

recede, insignificant,

as riotous, rushing water

explodes over the rim.

 

Flaming arrows pierce façade–

bullets from the sun,

ricocheting diamonds

on the dripping canyon wall.

 

Cynicism evaporates,

floats out with the spray,

leaving vulnerability in this

small spot of greenness,

 

the place of “deep healing

[from which] we venture forth.”1

 

1 Ling-yun, Hsieh. “Climbing Green-Cliff Mountain in Yung-chia,” trans. David Hinton. Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China (New York: New Directions, 2002) 23.

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About Judy Grigg Hansen
I write poetry and nonfiction, and I am passionate about the people, places, and wildflowers of Idaho and the Northwest.

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