Thursday 23rd March 2017,
Poetry Potion

Desert Canyon by Frank Meintjies

Frank Meintjies 23 September 2015 a poem a day challenge, poetry Comments Off on Desert Canyon by Frank Meintjies
each day nothing
but a long trudge ahead
in terrain
that enters the senses
with the decisiveness of poured water
on achingly-dry ground

here, just east of the namib
no electronic stimuli
no artificial flowers in this vase
called fish river canyon

each day, arising without resistance
with acceptance
of a world of rough beauty
of reliance on simple strengths
feet, flexing legs, back, breath
mind tapered to a focus

horizon morphs … approaches & retreats
it is my friend and fearsome challenge
momentarily, eyes burn
as sweat trickles
then eyes soothed
in cool streams & shade

occasionally, on yielding sand (moist from waters beneath)
by river’s edge
our feet sink deep prints
– my dust-laden companions & i

clouds drawing & redrawing patterns
on bits of large blue sky
lines on sand, on flat rocks, on tree markers
geometric flows, sharp turns, lines, fine edgings

in river reflections
i watch cliffs
that observe me for brief or prolonged moments
then drift by

through the valley of bare essentials
i made my way
from treacherous descent at hobas
on and on for five and half days
toward the end point of to ai ais
across boulders, sand, dank clay, occasional steep climbs
through valleys of deep thought
alongside stiff shrubs
that snag cloth & scratch the skin…

with decisiveness of poured water
on achingly-dry earth
the terrain enters the senses
each day nothing – and everything

Based in Johannesburg, Frank Meintjies works on social change and development and occasionally writes opinion pieces on current affairs. His latest collection of poetry, released in 2015, is Unfettered Days. Over the last ten years, he has kept his poetry alive through taking part in readings and contributing to anthologies.

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