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Grand Canyon Haiku (Or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation)

July 6, 2006

Jagged rocks edging
clear blue sky, condors floating
high searching for food

Warning signs: drink water
Eat salty snacks, rest often
Don’t feed the condors

Sizzling sun too
strong for sprayed-on sun screen
cool breeze soothes hot neck

Awesome rift, ten miles
from side to side. God has carved
limestone with water

Created with help
from a Great Flood, ranger says
Intelligent work

Of Creator’s hands
Crimson rock slicing blue sky
breathless I wonder

People everywhere
Yet silence echos throughout
This canyon Grand

Sheer drops no
Railing and sheerer terror
Sister stays well back

Backpack baby sleeps
On foot and tram, at campfire
But not in the tent

Midnight snuggles in
Big black Chevy Surburban
Jim Weiss lulls to sleep

Six hours home with Robots,
Crocodile Hunter, Jonah
and SpongeBob; great trip

*Hat tip to Mopsy, from whom I stole this Haiku idea.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    July 5, 2006 2:30 pm

    Snake Hunters said:

    As a fair;y prolific writer
    of Haiku, and also in admiration
    of great PhotoJournalism, I offer
    this for your consideration. reb

    God loves a balance

    He made Angel & Devil

    These two, prance about


  2. July 5, 2006 4:16 pm

    You have just earned your JR.RANGER badge!!! Congrats!

  3. July 5, 2006 4:45 pm

    We took Gaby to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon last year and loved every minute of it. Your pictures bring back memories. 🙂

  4. July 5, 2006 7:43 pm

    Does it GET any better than that? (sigh) Just beautiful.

  5. July 6, 2006 10:49 am

    Wow! Great pictures and great haiku. I love the “backpack” baby one especially. Your ranger sounds well-versed.

    I stole the haiku idea from Matsuo Basho (b. 1644 d. 1694). Hat tip to him. 😉

  6. July 6, 2006 4:29 pm

    Gorgeous! Next time take me with you.

  7. July 6, 2006 10:38 pm

    How beautiful!

  8. July 6, 2006 11:16 pm

    Amazing that you can be so poetic and hilarious in the same post!

    We are looking forward to the summer we can take our kids there, too.

  9. July 12, 2006 9:35 am

    You were one of those over-achieving Haiku kids in sixth grade, weren’t you? Of course, stunning photographs always help. 🙂

  10. July 13, 2006 4:47 pm

    These pictures are gorgeous! And I love the haikus. Do you have more pictures? Can we see them when we visit? I’ve always wanted to go out west!

  11. July 18, 2006 1:59 pm

    Oh, that is Gorgeous. Visiting the Grand Canyon has been a goal of mine for several years now. You make me want to go more than ever. I’m glad you had a good trip.–>

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