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Court of the Patriarchs, Zion Canyon   2 comments

Zion (1 of 1)-3 Court of the Patriarchs blogCourt of the Patriarchs, Zion Canyon — Image by kenne

On this cloudy day

we rode the
canyon shuttle
getting off
at each stop

with family
visiting the
park for the
first time.

Concerned the
clouds might
diminish the
canyon’s beauty

soon vanished
as the clouds
began to break up
over the towering

cliffs of Navajo
sandstone that
form the Court
of the Patriarchs.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — Court Of The Patriarchs Panorama   Leave a comment

Canyon Views Panorama (1 of 1) blog framedCourt of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park Panorama — Image by kenne

The Court of the Patriarchs is named for three towering figures of the Old Testament. These sandstone peaks (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Peaks) hold court over Birch Creek Canyon and a section of the Virgin River, named in 1916 by Methodist minister, Frederick Vining Fisher. The Court of the Patriarchs is just one of many majestic and inspiring views in the park.

kenne

My Zion

Stains across an aerie altar, white streaked red
suspended above my reach, but not my sight.

Perhaps ancient titans sacrificed, honored, bled
now revealed in golden strains of morning light.

My Zion, my refuge
from all it is not.

Oh Zion, my haven
where solace was sought.

Did angels take wing from that lofty perch?
Does the stone truly weep for ages past?

When bygone men for food here did search
in the giant’s throne shadow cast.

This Zion, my friend
please show me how

Oh Zion, my Zion
if only time would allow.

Steps upon crimson sand and stone
as wind, water, eons carve and hew,

I realize my soul was still unknown.
for what was old is now new.

— Terry Tyson (Source: parksfolio)

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