October 29, 2013

The Raven

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil! – 
Whether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted – 
On this home by horror haunted – tell me truly, I implore – 
Is there – is there balm in Gilead? – tell me – tell me, I implore!”
Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”

~ from The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Happy Halloween!

October 9, 2013

Fall on the Chaparral

. . . the perfume of sagebrush after rain, evokes in magical catalysis, like certain music,
the space and light and clarity and piercing strangeness of the American West.

~ from Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

October 2, 2013


Forest sways,
rocks press heavily,
roots grip,
tree-trunk close to tree-trunk.
Wave upon wave breaks, foaming,
deepest cavern provides shelter.

~ from Faust by Goethe