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.