On the Land Between the Big Sink and Dewdrop Cave (2018)

“To question where we stand upon this land…”


1.) The Walk

To question where we stand upon this land

when standing on a jagged black plateau

where even rugged thistle will not grow

and every step upon this path is planned.

On black asphalt we wind through black basalt

the heat of day surrounds us like a shroud,

a blanket made of rock, no roots allowed.

Surrounded by the heat of day’s assault

where water quickly moves from earth to air

there’s limits to how one can be parched.

To stand upon this land of death and drought

our water sipped without a drop to spare.

to find some shade below where magma’s arched

an entrance underground upon this route.


2.) The Cave


To find ourselves within a monument

of frost whose contact with the heat of room

is displayed on the rock as if a rune

and water pools as if a sacrament.

A person stands as speck in this vastness,

this cave as answer to our urgent pleas

for respite from the blackened magma seas,

from dried cracked earth to blankets of dampness.

This amazing foundation we work from.

We build our comfort from this theaters stage.

We hide in mist avoiding drops of dew.

How did we end up here?  Why did we come?

To escape from the modern worlds hard rage.

To stand in black with only a brave few.


3.) The Light


As we huddle in the cool and the dark

the cold has begun to hurt like the heat,

this caves moisture seeping through to our feet.

We stare ahead as blank as question mark.

If we cannot stand on the scarred above

or sit in the quiet cold of below

we wait for our instinct to rise and show

and push us from this cave with angered shove.

We see the sunlight filter through the mist.

A horizon of light from the exit,

spiritual and natural tether.

We see this heavenly cathedral kissed

with hope we stand up from this cold respite,

with faith we will leave this land together.

Jamie Lee Hamann
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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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