sits too tall to climb without ladders
pale white adobes, pressed
together with women palms
since then, ancient sycamores
grow in the streambeds.
The next day, we closed in on the South Rim
the north face of Humphreys began to fade
to a mere backdrop
left to stand with common tourists in the
amazement of nature
over the erosion of another natural wonder.
Photo of Montezuma’s Castle from A Year on the Road