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Healing in Sedona, AZ

Updated on September 25, 2011


Crushing weight on my skull

Present whirlwinds,

Too fast a pace.

I fall behind,

I don’t have the strength,

I can’t endure the race.

Tears fill my eyes

I’ve let them down

The people I can’t face.

Chilling thoughts of my future

Bearing down

And giving chase…


Red Rocks tower all around me

Marked with bands of time

Intercede divinely

With gods of earth and azure skies

Guardians to the Gateway

Whispering prayers with ancient eyes

Listen from the towers

High above my restless cries

Sweet desert sage burning

A bowl of clear cold water

Flute players dance around the brim

Carved by the ancient potter

Wisps of smoke rise from the sand

I begin to have the vision

An eagle screeches through the sky

Shadows now have risen

Crystals luminous and clear

Underneath the blazing sun

Speak archaic languages

That echo through the canyon

Drumming in the sands of time

The heart beats now in rhythm

Centuries fade into one moment

To an old and simple wisdom

Bleached clouds billow above

Red Rocks towering over me

Each band seems to pulse one by one by one

One hundred, five thousand, one million…

I am inconsequential

A pebble

But a tiny speck of time

In the life of this canyon

My ashes will be dust

in a blink of its life's eye

I breathe deeply.

And I smile…

(That was exactly the healing I needed.)


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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      thelyricwriter, you came back again! how wonderful to see you. Sedona stole my heart. Oh you need to see the Grand Canyon, Vegas is just fun...but after 2 days I had seen enough and lost enough money :) Oh I loved the heat, after spending most of my summers in MD, I very much appreciate the dry heat! Namaste my friend.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Ah, Sedona is breathtaking. Such a pretty place. I loved Sedona and Prescott. I lived in Casa Grande for 5 years. I missed out on the Grande Canyon though. I always wanted to go to Las Vegas, but never made it there either. I enjoyed the winter, but I hate the heat. Dry or not, when it is 115, it feels like 115 to me. Well written and voted up Erin.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Hi prasetio! I'm great, how are you doing? I'm okay but keeping a positive attitude, I hope you are fine and healthy! Sedona was breathtaking! I do hope you get to travel there someday - they even said they get some light snow in the winter, Grand Canyon too! So you get to see your snow! Thanks for the votes. Take care, my friend.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Erin. How are you today? I hope you always fine and healthy. I thought Sedona is beautiful place like your poem. Good job, my friend. Vote up!


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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      They don't advertise the church of satan. It was not exactly popular. Mostly only the locals know and not all of them. I think it moved when the leader died. That was 18 years ago.

      Montezuma's Castle, I could not remember the name. We lived there almost 25 years ago. The wildlife park and the train tours were not there then. Those are new. Cottonwood was a cute little town and I had the 2nd antique shop there. We were there for 3 years and then we moved to So. CA. Bad move. I hated it there.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Montezuma's Castle. We visited the first day. There is also a wonderful wildlife park nearby called Out of Africa, its not a zoo. I liked it there too and have some great pictures.

      I did not know about the church of satan. That wasn't in the travel brochure!

      Cottonwood was a cute little town, we went to a neat rock shop and a cool victorian antique store that was loaded with Halloween decorations. Its my favorite holiday. If I would have driven out there instead of flown, I would have put a serious dent in my credit card.

      I don't recall the resort in Sedona, but then again, there are so many names that were new to me. I was overwhelmed by it all. :)

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Ken, you are so right. The spirits definitely guided me into the caves, crevices and canyons of my own soul and I have yet to put into words what it all means. I just know I was aching for answers before I left and I came back with a sense of peace - and I never expected it.

      I've written so much in my journal, but the poems will be shared here.

      I had to laugh, I wholeheartedly agree with you - I need to vacation more often! Thank you for your comments, my friend.

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      We lived in Cottonwood, and Clarksville. In between them, there is an Indian Ruin. Did you go there? Jerome was The location of the church of satan while Anton Levey was its head. It has a lot of ghost stories. The old hospital had the most. I had a shop down in Cottonwood for a while. My husband and I worked at Los Abrigados resort in Sedona for 10 months when we first moved to the area. I think they changed the name.

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Sedona and the Grand Canyon were a healing experience for Ms Erin Lefey, I sense it very much in your descriptive imagery. I could hear the whispers of the spirits as you wrote these words, your quill guided by their passion for the canyons and desert and so much of their wisdom left in the crevices of those mountains.

      I love the colorful words you use here in this piece to convey your healing. I think you need to take a vacation more often:-)) Simply majestically written, rate UP into those azure skies.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Becky, We actually stayed in a resort in Cornville! We visited Cottonwood, Jerome, Cornville and Sedona in our travels. I loved the whole area. Jerome was interesting for the ghost stories and the copper mine. At night it seemed to float above Sedona like a city in the sky. I can see why you miss it, I would love to live there.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Mck, you are so right, I was blown away by the Grand Canyon - I just don't know where to start on describing that experience. Sedona was just the beginning... :)

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Ruby, its amazing isn't it? I want to write a hub on the Grand Canyon too. I saved my pictures of that. I haven't decided on the lesson I learned from that one yet, there were so many! love ya!

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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I lived in a little town called Cottonwood, about 15 miles from Sedona, when my oldest son was born. I worked in Sedona for the 10 months before he was born. I have camped on top of the near butte in the top picture. It is a beautiful country and I do miss it.

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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I have to agree with Always the Grand Canyon is magnificent. Your poetry and healing are also a welcome marvel for us to enjoy.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I know the feeling. I've been to the Grand Canyon and it was magnificent. You do feel small like a speck when looking down at the vastness of the area. Your healing brought a smile to both of us........

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      I had wanted to visit Sedona for years and finally built a vacation around it. It was more than I expected, and getting to see the Grand Canyon on the same trip was spectacular. Next time you are in AZ, make the trip - I thought the Colorado Rockies took me through the most beautiful places imaginable, now I can't decide which blew me away more. It's truly a spiritual place.

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      mattbibledotcom 6 years ago from Washington DC

      Sedona looks like beautiful place. I've been to Arizona several times and have not gotten a chance to visit Sedona yet. I've heard lots of good things about it though.