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Sandstone Etchings

Kathy A. Wittman 1949 (Tennessee)

I try to discern your obscure messages
as I marvel at your sturdy cliff dwellings,
sandstone etchings of your primeval world;
you wandered as hunters and gatherers,
coming to rest in your new earthly home,
called Mesa Verde, a solid tableland amidst
mystical, chaotic chasms of time and space.

I try to imagine your primordial lifestyles
plowing soil beneath your feet, scattering
the seeds of hopes, dreams, and aspirations
while you steadfastly prayed to your gods;
at the apex of your ancient civilization,
known to us now as your classical period,
you created useful, aesthetic cultural tools.

I try to envision you gazing heavenward,
with childlike wonder,
as you paused just for a moment
to contemplate eternal truths,
catching a glimpse of rare earthly beauty;
yet you did descend from celestial heights,
scattering your ashes into the vicissitudes
of time and space, and your own oblivion.
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Kathy A. Wittman

I am a retired college teacher. In the past, I taught classes in Education, English, and Psychology. At present, I am focused on developing my potential as an artist and writer. I have self-published books in the genres of autobiography, fiction, and poetry. I have a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Tennessee (1972), a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee (1983), and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Foundations from the University of Wyoming (1988). I have taken numerous college classes in Art and Creative Writing over the past decade. I completed an Associate Degree in Art from the Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, Wyoming) in 2018, and I completed a Bachelor's Degree in Art from the University of Wyoming (Laramie, Wyoming) in 2020. I consider myself to be a "Life-long Learner". more…

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