Virgin From Both Sides
Part One – Overton Beach
From here, the Virgin is a flat cutout
Pasted against the sky
Craggy peaks point to the clouds
rounded disciples kneeling at her feet.
The map says she is 17 miles away
And the Bitter Ridge is seven.
So, in between, miles of air separate us.
Part Two - Mesquite
From here, the Virgin stretches miles to the northeast.
What looks flat is a series
Of elongated slopes
And peaks, nooks, and crannies.
Finding the truth takes miles of driving
Hours of hiking up hot dusty rocks
Against a calliente wind
taking time to savor the rocks while still
Watching the ground
For snakes. Perspective
In drawing, as in life, means
What you see isn’t always the truth.