"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

24 days till Christmas--before Christmas

Long before Christmas, Taos Pueblo, 5 by 7 watercolor
As December begins
on our calendar,
These people were
before Christianity did
Taos Pueblo, before
Western religion arrived
Still an icon of "civilization"
Longest inhabited place
in our "Christian" country
Taos Pueblo
Must be painted
but not understood
Only revered
As a beacon
of spirituality
Not religion
older than
Christmas

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