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Short poem

Simon Joseph Ortiz (1941-)

A Pretty Woman

              1We came to the edge
              2of the mesa
              3and looked below.

              4We could see
              5the shallow wash
              6snaking down
              7from the cut
              8between two mesas,
              9all the way from Black Mountain;
            10and the cottonwoods
            11from that distance
            12looked like a string of turquoise,

            13and the land was a pretty woman
            14smiling at us
            15looking at her.


9] Black Mountain: in Routt National Forest, northwest Colorado.

Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Ortiz, Simon J. Woven Stone. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1992: 133-34.
Publication date note: Ortiz, Simon J. Going for the Rain. New York: Harper and Row, 1976: 98.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/6/21

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