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A Vastness


 

A Vast Land

Standing on a hill

The vastness of the land

Spreads before me

My lodging but a dot

On the large scale of things

A beam of light

From the setting sun

Caresses the sun burnt hills

I stand in awe

With the hills unfolding

Before my squinting eyes

The feel of the breeze

Freshening on my face

A cool welcome from

The heat of the day

A common experience

In the mountainous country

 

Far in the distance

On an open hillside

Movement can be spotted

It is the ganado cresting

A brown splotched rise

Herded home by trailing young boys

Mere dots in the fading light

 

 

It is also a sign

That I too must leave

To follow the winding trail

Down the sloping hill

Before darkness engulfs me

The trail takes a diagonal

Through a field of maize

The stalks standing forlorn

In the evening half light

A fence line appears ahead

The trail running parallel

The descent is quick

An adobe home appears

Soon lost in the dimness

 

The Rio Trentino materializes

Hopping from rock to rock

The shallow river is crossed

The road beckons ahead

A patch of red roof

Appears in the near distance

Nestled on a sloping hill

A place to rest

Ones weary legs

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~ by kenben on 03/24/2015.

8 Responses to “A Vastness”

  1. Excellent!

  2. Your looks rugged country all right , great lighting Ken ..

  3. It makes one think about how small we are in the sum of things

  4. Beautiful Ken.

  5. A journey into a vast landscape in words and image…the light shines through as a main character in both as well. Beautiful.

  6. Love the shades and layers with this. Beautiful poem too.

  7. Thank as always Raewyn. An interesting country to photograph.

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