We are the Day Society:
See how we skirt surefooted as goats
the Crevasse of Desire.
God is in the well-placed step that bears us above Death,
while Beauty weeps for us beyond the goat paths.
By day, the way is clear, so complete,
the ground floor and ceiling blue.
We see where we are and name it alone and only.
On our tongue, world settles into a few words—
unanswered, unanswerable shouting.
Then sunset’s splinters—orange, mauve—
fade to night’s raw transparency
and the first call of a star.
Perfect, calling silence, star following star
like deer stepping from shadow or heavy forest
into the dark’s open, stream-curled meadows.
Now we’re in sterner metaphor,
the embrace of the abyss,
brought by goat paths
to the brink of wilderness.
Patricia Karamesines has won numerous awards for her poetry, essays, and fiction, including awards from the University of Arizona, the Utah Arts Council, and the Utah Wilderness Association. She is the author of The Pictograph Murders (Signature Books 2004), an award-winning mystery novel set in the Four Corners area. Her poetry appears in the anthology Fire in the Pasture (Peculiar Pages 2011). She writes for the Mormon arts and culture blog A Motley Vision and runs the nature writing blog Wilderness Interface Zone that advocates for the “greening of human language”. She has taught English classes at USU-Eastern off and on since 2006 and now tutors English students for the NASNTI Grant program–a job she dearly loves. She lives with her husband and three children a stone’s throw from beleaguered Recapture Canyon, has put in plenty of foot-time in the canyon, and is currently completing a work of creative nonfiction about her strange and wonderful experiences there.