(on the painting Ridge Top Vista by Nancy Roberts)

by Alyza Lee Salomon

These billowing violet peaks
            are the mountains my soul remembers,
                      purple crags
wearing secret mystery   
            while the sun’s caress
                       upstages the shadows
            that spell history’s wrinkled narrative.

This river valley
            carving through the rock faces
 has known its share of struggling humble dwellers.

Fences call to the hillside steppes.
Cultivated fields accessorize
            the huddled homes
                            asserting their presence
as if they believe they own the landscape.

But this breathtaking blue-green vista
           is the palette of a work-in-progress:

                       Earth is the canvas.
           Nature if the paintbrush.
Yet time is the artist.

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