Daily Archives: April 3, 2012

#47 Next Time by Jane Lipman

for James McGrath

I’ll be tamarisks
below sandstone cliffs
a pool of deep clear water
transparent to the bottom

I’ll be cougar
climbing rimrock
hundreds of feet high
over a gliding rill

I’ll be a broken place
a fissure where driftwood
bobcat or child
can curl and rest

I’ll be water hurtling down a dry bed of sand
wave following wave
plunging, tumbling
into flood

I’ll be gorge sculpted by water and time
grand arches flaring red
reflected in quiet water
I’ll be steps to steep summit
carved into rock

I’ll be reverberations between cliffs
echoing wall to wall
I’ll be crags and curved terraces
shadow-filled; rococo silhouettes carved
in beige and mauve, purple and umber

I’ll be canyon cathedrals
domes and pinnacles
jubilation of sun, rain and wind
in thrall to streams pelting swift
a thousand feet below
at the heart of it all

Jane Lipman’s chapbooks, The Rapture of Tulips and White Crow’s Secret Life, Pudding House Publications, were finalists for New Mexico Book Awards in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Her poems have appeared in Runes, Santa Fe Literary Review, Sin Fronteras, New Mexico Poetry Review, Adobe Walls, and are forthcoming in Malpais Review.