Clare County Library
Clare Literature
Home | Search Library Catalogue | Foto: Clare Photo Collection | OS Maps | Search this Website | Copyright Notice

Canyon De Che

by Ilse Thielan

Carved in red rock
you hold
soft green grass
and tamarix arches

the water of your river
carries white sand
and the prints
of Anasazi footsteps

high on your cliff
a tree’s shadow
creeps to the edge
of time
to a woman’s chant

two dogs herd
her flock of sheep
while she walks
proud Navaho woman
through tamarix arches

and spider woman
the story of her song
from rock to rock


Taken from ‘Footprints on the Limestone’ (1993), page 69.

Ilse Thielan

Kate Thompson