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After a brief time away and working on the Grape Escape blog, I am back and hoping to continue the poetry blog. In the fall of 2005, Larry and I journeyed north by bus on a 52 hour ride to the Copper Canyon of Mexico. This poem was inspired by that trip –


The departing train signaled its intent

To thread its way, albeit slowly,

Across the northern Mexican landscape,

Passing through small villages – pueblos,

Fields of sesame and corn,

Mounded to complete the fall harvest.

Vast landscapes spread before us,

Crossing broad, dry rivers,

Tunneling through grandiose mountains,

As we climb from sea level

Eight thousand feet up,

Into the azure sky – not a cloud in sight.

Our destination – a fairy tale castle,

Nestled amidst the mountains and pine forests,

Mansion Tarahumara / Barrancas del Cobre.

We hiked the trails,

Photographing God’s handiwork –

Capturing memories,

Not only of places, but of people,

New friends – Mexican and American,

Who would forever be woven

Into the tapestry of this adventure,

High in the Sierra Madre Mountains

Of Mexico.