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“A Few Haiku (45)”

(c) Michael L. Utley (#265) scrub my memorieshang them on the line to drybefore the storm comes ….. (#266) summer thunderheadsthe past tears a swath acrossthe plains of my soul ….. (#267) post-rain gloamingghost-light from an unseen sunsorrow’s harbinger ….. (#268) in this endless nighteven eternity fleesfrom my broken soul ….. (#269) sepulchral silenceas the …

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“Big Indian Rock”

I was raised on a farm about an hour from Lisbon Valley in southeast Utah. It’s an out-of-the-way place of red rock formations and sage-sprinkled canyons used for cattle grazing and open-pit copper mining (and yes, both activities have damaged the land considerably). I photographed this scene one summer evening in the late-1990s as the …

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“A Few Haiku (44)”

(c) 2022 by Michael L. Utley (#259) fallow fieldsgranary of memoriesnot fit for planting ….. (#260) mackerel scale cloudsand silver shark fin mooneventide rolls in ….. (#261) cool moist predawn aircondensation in my heartstillness in my soul ….. (#262) evening rainI break bread alonein the dim stillness ….. (#263) memory gardenI hoe every living thingjust …

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“Anchor”(c) 2022 by Michael L. Utley she sat there9,000 miles awayon the edge of her bedor the ledge of her buildingI never knew whichand talked about anchorsand the black depthsof depressionand what it would feel liketo fly “You’re my only reasonfor being,” she saidand was she laughingor crying?it’s hard to tell whiletext-chatting(damn my deaf ears)“You’re …

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“A Few Haiku (43)”

(c) 2022 by Michael L. Utley (#253) your shadow remainsin the nest of my heartlong since you took wing ….. (#254) let me rest my soulin the cool shadows of thenorth side of your heart ….. (#255) thoughtless koi in lotus pondI hover above, god-likeand go unnoticed ….. (#256) take the dappled paththrough the green …

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“Spruce Sprout on Stump”

While exploring the Abajo (Blue) Mountain in southeast Utah in the summer of 1996, I came across this tiny blue spruce sprout growing on an old blackened stump. I was struck by the brilliant green—the color of youth and vitality—and how it contrasted with the dark tones of the stump—age and fatigue. The textures were …

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“A Few Haiku (42)”

(c) 2022 by Michael L. Utley (#247) barren apple treesculled from orchards without thoughtso many regrets ….. (#248) in the desertall pretense is stripped awayonly truth survives ….. (#249) wooden ladle and tin cupand a bone-dry welllife’s futility ….. (#250) take the empty cupdrink my fill of nothingnesslet me live in peace ….. (#251) dragging …

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“Split Rock & Pinyon Pine”

I’ve posted several images from Lisbon Valley in southeast Utah. It’s an out-of-the-way region that lacks the deep canyons and arches of its neighboring national parks, yet it has a charm all its own. While photographing Big Indian Rock years ago, I came upon this large boulder that had tumbled down onto the valley floor …

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