Deep-throated song of water

Cougar Almost Home

Cougar Almost Home  
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Zion Narrows

Great stone walls shut out stars
to the east and west, loom and close
as night deepens. A breeze
stirs the willows. River.
Dark sandstone seems to breathe.
A thin new moon struggles
over the brooding cliffs
and glitters, askew
in the brimming water. Shadows lurk
in the cottonwoods. A night creature
slides into the clearing,
moves toward the river, seems to bend,
drink. It blends into sighing night,
the haunted canyon,
its warm wind,
crescent moon, shadows,
deep-throated song of water.
    - from So Quietly the Earth, a book of poetry by David Lee

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I remember the night
The haunted canyon
Cougar shadow
Song of water.
    - Roderick MacIver