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2 Nights at Palo Duro Canyon

Updated on November 19, 2016
Spanish Skirts of Palo Duro
Spanish Skirts of Palo Duro | Source
Lighthouse Rocks of Palo Duro
Lighthouse Rocks of Palo Duro | Source
Comanche Moon
Comanche Moon | Source
Close up of Spanish Skirts
Close up of Spanish Skirts | Source

2 Nights at Palo Duro Canyon


From CCC cabins we four

look deep into Texas space

at Palo Duro's winding canyon

laced with Spanish skirts

of eroded pink sandstone

rising above pinyon and

juniper trees circled above

by red-tailed hawks in search

of prey like rattlers and

lizards and scurrying mice.

We enjoy the rising of a

Comanche moon silhouetted

by juniper branches dimly

reflecting moonlight like

spirits of the past who

yielded to forceful blue coats.

We arise at sunrise with

Lighthouse Rocks glinting

bright light beckoning us

to hike along a dusty trail

up to their heights where

we can see sandstone

layers in the hazy distance

and chest-high prickly pear

cactus popping with yellow

blossoms and painted buntings

perched on pines. Slowly we

saunter past towering spires

under bright white puffs of cloud

until we once again stand at

the canyon's edge at our

CCC cabins and thoughtfully

watch the rising of the moon.


Palo Duro State Park, Texas

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    • Isaac White profile image

      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      nice poem

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful descriptive poem of the cabin sights. Hit many buttons and voted up.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you both Issac White and Minnetonka Twin. I appreciate having your comments.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Just wonderful. Felt like I was there beneath the Comanche moon. Passing this on.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I can nearly see it, and it sure makes me want to go there for some great pictures.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you aviannovice, it's worth the trip especially if you take one of the

      trails.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Absolutely Beautiful! VOTED UP ALL THE WAY!

      Best Always,

      Kim

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      Richard Francis Fleck 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks very much ocfireflies

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      nicely done... beautifully describes the nature and its beauty !!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      thank you fellow Coloradoan!

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      Jennifer Arnett 4 years ago from California

      "reflecting moonlight like

      spirits of the past who

      yielded to forceful blue coats."

      Brilliant line; so much conveyed in such simplicity. You have captured the spirit of the wild west. Lovely work!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you very much Availiasvision. I shall look forward to reading your hubs which reflect very similar interests.

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      Valleypoet 3 years ago

      You know how to take your reader on an incredible journey:-))

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      Richard Francis Fleck 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks Valleypoet, indeed Palo Duro is a fascinating place both historically and geographically.

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