June 16, 2007

Grand Canyon


I just returned from a rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. As you can see from the photos (more available by clicking the sidebar Flickr pictures), it was a beautiful trip, in which I was daily filled with an extraordinary kind of AWE - which layered itself atop of my usual state of being easily amazed.
Here is a poem that reflects aspects of the feeling of being deep within the Grand Canyon:
They say the layered earth rose up
Ancient rock leviathan
Trailing ages in its wake
Lifting earthness toward the sun
And coursing water cut the rock away
To leave these many-storied walls
Expose’ of ages gone
Around this breathless emptiness
More wondrous far than earth had ever known
My life has risen layered too
Each day, each year in turn has left
Its fossil life and sediments
Evidence of lived and unlived hours
The tedium, the anguish, yes the joy
That some heart-deep vitality
Keeps pressing upward toward the day I die
And Spirit cuts like water through it all
Carving out this emptiness
So inner eye can see
The soaring height of canyon walls within
Walls whose very color, texture, form
Redeem in beauty all my life has been
The darkness and the light, the false, the true
While deep below the living waters run
Cutting deeper through my parts
To resurrect my gravebound heart
Making, always making, all things new

Poem by Parker J. Palmer
Photos by Meredith


Kuan Gung said...

Very nice...

Jon said...

Great pictures (these and the ones on your Flickr)! You must've had a great time!

Thanks for sharing!

Meredith said...

Yes, rafting the Colorado River was a great time! It is so awesome to experience the Grand Canyon's height, and depth, its light and shadows. We touched some of the oldest rocks on earth, and felt new changes stirring in our hearts.

You're welcome to see more Grand Canyon photos on my Flickr site:


Blessings flow deeply here.