Among the Lizard Mounds of his innocent age, shaded by maple, acorned by oak, he had trembled and been the boy who had to look beneath skirts, had to see what was hidden, to glimpse the forbidden. Now, under the barren sky near the other side of the broad canyon of his life, he has become the man who buys tobacco which he does not smoke, but sprinkles it with ceremony he does not understand, on sacred ground and the graves of old friends, hoping for forgiveness of sins he didn't know he committed.
And you is goin to Old New Mex to hunt for you dyin Columbia? Vaya con Dios. ~ Norbert Blei
I saw The Virgin pictured as conquistadora in the Sun God’s land of enchantment, and along the tracks north of Albuquerque, where pink adobe homes are surrounded by razor wire, I saw the land of disenchantment. I saw the color of the blood of Christ and the blood of the conquered and the sage beneath purple mountains coexist, like Santa Fe chic and pueblo poor. I saw America in the unfiltered light of a high desert. I saw my dying Columbia still alive.
~ Ralph Murre
New Links: Had the pleasure, while traveling, of meeting the photographer David Lyons. Follow the new link listed at the right to view his amazing work. Also, and this is WAY overdue, please check out Steve Kastner's "Door County Style" webmag, one of the primo sites for DC news and scuttlebutt, which just did a very gracious plug and review of the Arem Arvinson Log. ~ RM
Ralph Murre is the author of "Crude Red Boat" and "The Price of Gravity, both books of poetry; author and illustrator of "Psalms", a book of poetry and art, co-author, (with Sharon Auberle)of "Wind Where Music Was", a book of poems of experience, and he is editor/publisher of several books of prose, poetry, photography, and drawings from Little Eagle Press, which he founded. Ordering information for these books is available from
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