what was once ocean
has become a dry stream
what was once covered with saltwater
is now limestone & sparse green
trillions of sand grains
woven over eons ah time lift up
as ruddy rocks reveal their dark hearts
on starry nights.
when the moon rises
& many secrets are unveiled,
scorpions and rattlesnakes chant
with other creatures of the night.
how brightly the stars shine
in places far from all city lights!
though sandstone walls seem impassable
if you allow your imagination to rise
what seems solid will become liquid
& all things will melt in time.