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Little Petroglyph Canyon
Memory of Water
Water. More water.
Never enough water.
The Mojave takes moisture
from every living thing,
and exposes the Pleistocene
when its basins held lakes.

Camels and bison roamed
the shores, followed streams
that crossed the savannah.
Pines and oaks climbed
the western slopes.

And there were people.
They saw the last lava flow
and called this place
Land of Fire, Coso.

When the lakes vanished
their lives turned nomadic.
The elusive rain stayed
in the sky, exacting tribute.
Copyright ©2005-08 Bill Dahl and Cynthia Anderson