Rock-holed Sky of Earthborn Spirits


One of the many rock outcrops in Vedauwoo, Wyoming.Photo by Richard F. Fleck


Circumnavigating Vedauwoo

where calls of ravens echo,

I look up at towering rocks

with holes exposing azure sky

in a strong sun yet with a

tinge of autumn as quaking

aspen trees tremble with each

breeze that combs through fields

of green sage scenting the air

and sticking straight up like rain

in reverse from clouds of green

hugging the rolling prairie floor

where a scraggly coyote howls

like an earthborn spirit speaking

to those rocks with sky-holes

and a raven peeking through.

Vedauwoo is a curious rock formation in southeastern Wyoming where David Breashears first climbed as a young boy.