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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 12, Number 1, March 2018

Cyndi Lloyd
Riverton, Utah, USA

What Remains

Two red streaks of desert varnish spread like the branches of an upside-down tree on a sandstone wall in an alcove at Natural Bridges National Monument. One tree stretches down to the ruins of an ancestral Puebloan structure. Pictographs of red handprints also adorn the wall and seem to signal, Stop! Our sweat and blood went into this place. This is our home.

A closer look reveals various sizes at different heights. Adult and child hands? Markers of children’s growth for hands big enough to carry bowls of beans and catch turkeys? Or do they simply say, We were here.

Even the faded handprints still seem to pulse, reaching through time. I want to place my hand over theirs—feel their presence. Add my print, to say I was here too. But, I’m not supposed to leave anything behind.

earthtones deepen . . .
blowing sand covers
my footprints

Note: Click to see an image of the desert varnish



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