The Grand Canyon

Three years ago tomorrow, I saw the Grand Canyon for the first time.

It is hard to find words to describe such a sight. It is indeed grand. If you haven’t seen it, search for some pictures online. They aren’t near the same as being there, but they’re pretty breathtaking.

I don’t use the word “awesome” lightly, but I apply it to the Grand Canyon. So here is the poem I wrote a few months after I saw this masterpiece of God’s creation.

My friend, approach with reverence,
With quietness, with awe,
For this is the Grand Canyon
Stretched out before you now.

It reaches on for miles
Of ruggedly carved cliffs,
Of layers, chasms, colors
That make this massive rift.

It tells of roaring waters
Of churning waves of mud:
To carve this awesome canyon
Required a mighty Flood.

Oh, this is a cathedral,
The open sky its dome,
The layered cliffs its pillars,
The quiet breeze its song,

The towering buttes its statues,
The stony ground its floor,
The rugged rocks its carvings,
Old trails its open door.

The minerals have painted
Their colors on the walls,
The golds and reds most vivid
When sunset on them falls.

The shadows add their patterns,
Bring out the violet hues.
Some obscure desert flowers
Their faint incense diffuse.

So please approach this presence
Respectfully, with awe.
Breathtaking view that this is
Deserves a reverent pause.

For this is God’s great temple
Designed to give Him praise.
It stands to shout His glory
As we with wonder gaze.

For years it stood here quiet,
Not lauded by man’s voice.
It bids us now, “Look upward,
Lift up your hearts, rejoice!”

-Miss Darcy

P.S.  Yes, I want to visit again one of these days. The poem doesn’t even mention the spectacular star-gazing the you can do at the Grand Canyon.


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