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Anasazi

by Gary Snyder

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Anasazi, 
Anasazi,

tucked up in clefts in the cliffs 
growing strict fields of corn and beans 
sinking deeper and deeper in earth 
up to your hips in Gods
     your head all turned to eagle-down 
     & lightning for knees and elbows 
your eyes full of pollen

     the smell of bats.
     the flavor of sandstone
     grit on the tongue.

     women 
     birthing 
at the foot of ladders in the dark.

trickling streams in hidden canyons 
under the cold rolling desert

corn-basket         wide-eyed 
     red baby 
     rock lip home,

Anasazi