Aerial Photograph: California Desert Sands

Aerial Photograph: California Desert Sands

A Poem by T. F. Rice

I wrote this after looking at a picture of evaporation ponds in CA; I wish I could recall in what publication. Poem appeared in Le Mot Juste publication (LMJ title translates to "the right word")/


Aerial Photograph: California Desert Sands



From the sky

evaporation ponds


dissolve into



cave painting on

desert landscape


blues and whites

sewn-together shapes


so strange

against the orange and greys


of this artistry

this topography


lead-grey roads

curve round pond


panes of stained glass

clear and exact


nearby mesa rises

like a staircase


only from high

can man be seen


an editor

he is always


erasing and



the art

already here

© 2012 T. F. Rice

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Hi T.F.
I liked this ! I was a aerail cartographer for a number of years ( Lan-Sat ) and you hit the nail on the head. There's no picture like it.

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Added on January 29, 2012
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T. F. Rice
T. F. Rice

Wyoming County, NY

T. F. Rice lives with her husband and their teenage son in a small town in New York state in the U.S. She also lives with her creative clutter -- she presses flowers for making candles and cards, recy.. more..


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