It starts as moonscape, black and white
Underneath the starlit night,
But what forms the craters here?
Impacts from every footfall clear.
The eastern sky begins to glow,
Far mountains turn to pink and gold,
Then in a dozen breaths it’s gone,
And brilliant day replaces dawn.
The distance peaks are gray and dry,
A piercing blue now fills the sky,
The dunes so white it hurts to see,
Gypsum waves spread westerly.
Now everything is white and blue
Except the darkling beetle who,
Still black on white, defiant stands
A tiny rover on the sand.
By Kate Rauner
Inspired by my recent trip to White Sands National Monument outside Alamogordo, New Mexico. The gate is closed from 8 pm to 8 am, so the only way to see the sunrise from the dunes is to camp overnight in one of only ten primitive, hike-in sites. A wonderful adventure. Dogs are allowed 🙂 Happy 100th anniversary National Parks.
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