Rugged Ride

This place gallops
in layered altitude,
humps in crested waves
of rugged stone,
pitifully breaks in sprays of boulders
unrolling through low valleys.
It wears the shadow of a cloud
for mile after rearing mile
with the carefulness of asbestos lace.
Most savagely, rakes it’s willful stubble
against a vestal sky;
misbehaves on shelves
of ingrown cliffs,
balances water in the stubborness
of succulents at impossible
saw-toothed angles.
It lords over the grim
Joshua trees living among
their own bleached corpses,
twisting gnarled arms outward
gesticulating abandonment.

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