Night Watch Psalm

by Daniel Wilcox

Walled granite
One mile
Below the rocked rim
In the rusted Canyon
Rushing Colorado
River russet copper;
Nearby in the evened dusk
I lay ‘stilled,’ a silent psalm
In the shine
Of that lighted granite
Eyes wide in the dawn
Of that Night

Daniel Wilcox earned his degree in Creative Writing from Cal State University, Long Beach, taught American literature, and wandered from Montana to the Middle East. Now he casts his lines out upon the world’s turbulent waters and far shores in The Copperfield Review, Counterexample Poetics, The Centrifugal Eye, Moria, Wild Violet, Oak Bend Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, etc. “The Faces of Stone,” based on his time in the Middle East, appeared in The Danforth Review and Danse Macabre. A book of his poetry, Dark Energy, was published in 2009 by Diminuendo Press. Daniel lives with a second volume of poems Psalms, Yawps, and Howls, a speculative novel, The Feeling of the Earth, and his wife on the central coast of California–not in that order;-). His website is:

Editor’s note: “Night Watch Psalm” is reprinted here. It first appeared in The Cherry Blossom Review (Summer 2008).

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