North Valley Cathedral

North Valley Cathedral
North Valley Cathedral

North Valley Cathedral


The North Valley once known for open space

from Peavine to the Antelope Valley

where smaller birds gather and rally

before a bird of prey swoops down with grace.

Now space is filled with tract homes on the hill

surrounding older neighbors property

enough commotion to make Sage Grouse flee

to push the desert line against its will.

There is a need to live on native land

where shrubs and flowers named for local tribes

scatter along natures preplanned landscapes.

We need to see a world we cannot command

amongst construction crews loose diatribes

alone each block lie homes of altered shapes.



Every living area needs a park

a reminder we live on planet Earth

a plot of native land that knows its worth

to step onto the world when times are stark.

My little valley offers such a place

a series of connected trails appear

whose end is far and beginning is near

a slower walk than an endless footrace.

Here is praise to those who understand this need

a morning walk upon natural world

to ground oneself while climbing to a peak.

Where footfall is the only sign of greed

the hum of breath and beat of head are curled

around the gnarled sagebrush where Wren still speak.



To right of path a boulder cathedral

or so I call this with my frozen breath

each forward step followed by footprint death

this formation of stone Dali’s easel.

An icy December breeze falls on nose

in morning when the sun begins to rise

to feel the sun from ridge my only prize

while bundled tightly in my winter cloths.

An unidentified bird of prey glides

awhile upon the crest of morning air

a long wingspan choreographed with chill.

This wind by rocks where memory resides

where creatures on the land will run and dare

this majestic hunters iron hard will.

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Things have changed over the years. 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 two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more. I share a weekly poem for TCE every Saturday. I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go. I share new excerpts of this work every weekend. A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

2 thoughts on “North Valley Cathedral

  • February 1, 2021 at 11:29 PM

    Well done, Jamie. Over the many years I have lived in Washo Valley I have seen the drastic changes from open desert and mountain lands to crowded tract homes and shopping centers – it gets rather depressing at times. Yet there are still some areas that hold on to Nevada’s natural beauty. I enjoyed reading this piece.

  • February 4, 2021 at 1:02 AM

    A wonderful poem, Jamie. you paint a vivid and beautiful picture with your words.


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