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Poems About New Mexico

Table of Contents

  1. Evening in New Mexico by Andrew Downing
  2. The Water-Carrier by Arthur Chapman
  3. Pueblo by Alice Corbin
  4. Foot-hills by Alice Corbin
  5. Cactus by Alice Corbin
  6. Dust-whorl by Alice Corbin

  1. Evening in New Mexico

    Andrew Downing

    Far off the Rio Grande crawls,
    A silver serpent in the sand;
    And sweetly, softly, slowly falls
    The shade of twilight on the land.

    The mocking-bird, that all the day
    Has piped, entangling note with note,
    In merry song, and roundelay,
    Has quelled the lyrics in his throat.

    In meditation, buried all,
    Three philosophic burros wait,
    Beside a dun, adobe wall,
    The opening of the master's gate.

    A corsair hawk is sailing low,
    And lazily, his flight unreeled
    In widening spirals,—wavering so
    Across the green alfalfa field.

    A purple mantle rolls, and spreads,—
    From distant foothills deepening down—
    Across the dry arroya beds,
    And over all the drowsy town.

    So softly shadow blends with shade,
    So stealthily the darkness wins,
    We scarcely see the daylight fade,—
    We scarcely know the night begins.

    The sky, rose-tinted in the west,
    Is blue and cloudless everywhere;
    One white star tips a mountain crest,
    And sparkles like a jewel there.

  2. The Water-Carrier

    Arthur Chapman

    Steep is the trail to the mesa above her—
    Maid of the Zuñi-foik, tall and bare-armed;
    Browned by the kiss of the warm winds that love her—
    Maid whom the desert's breath never has harmed.

    Strange is the view that is stretched far below her—
    White sands that melt in a horizon blue;
    Sea without waves, without sail, without rower—
    Only the cloud-shadows ploughing it through.

    So she has paused, in her bright-colored blanket,
    And steadies the jar, while her breath rises fast,
    At a niche in the trail, where the beetling cliffs flank it,
    As her kindred have paused in the long ages past.

  3. Pueblo

    Alice Corbin

    The pueblo rises under the sun-bronzed noon
    As if hammered out of copper;
    The sky's metallic blue
    Rings in the silence.
    Nothing moves but the shapes
    That strain without changing.

  4. Foot-hills

    Alice Corbin

    New Mexico hills
    Are spotted like lizards,
    They sinuously glide and dissemble;
    If you take a forked stick
    You may catch one and hold it.

  5. Cactus

    Alice Corbin

    The cactus scrawls crude hieroglyphs against the sky;
    It reaches with twisted, inquisitive fingers
    To clutch the throat of something and question

  6. Dust-whorl

    Alice Corbin

    The wind picks up a handful of dust,
    And sets it down—
    Faint spiral of lives
    Lived long ago on the desert.

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