Dewdrops on the Wind


Mogollon Petroglyphs, Three Rivers, NM

The urge to create, to render our visual world

Into symbolic language has passed through

Our human heritage like dewdrops on the wind.


Perhaps the markings from prior civilizations

Were secret codes,

Or simply playful notes from daily life,

Visions and dreams.

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View Looking Out from Petroglyph Site

View Looking Out from Petroglyph Site

Mogollon artisans used primitive tools,

To etch, scratch and pit stones –

To draw their simple images onto lava rocks

Strewn across desert floor.


Animals, faces, plants, hands, geometric patterns –

All worked into hard canvases.

And six-hundred years later we gaze at their metaphors,

Touched by lives once lived among black rocks and desert sky.


The haunting pictures whisper across the ages to remind us that

“Everything passes, everything changes, appearing then disappears.”

Like all manifestation – illusive and transient,

Like dewdrops on the wind.



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10 Responses to Dewdrops on the Wind

  1. mystic1muse says:

    “At that instant he saw, in one blaze of light, an image of unutterable conviction, the reason why the artist works and lives and has his being—the reward he seeks—the only reward he really cares about, without which there is nothing. It is to snare the spirits of mankind in nets of magic, to make his life prevail through his creation, to wreak the vision of his life, the rude and painful substance of his own experience, into the congruence of blazing and enchanted images that are themselves the core of life, the essential pattern whence all other things proceed, the kernel of eternity.”
    — Time and the Rive, Thomas Wolfe

    • smallpebbles says:

      Beautiful! Thanks for passing that along – especially the “essential pattern whence all other things proceed, the kernel of eternity.” amen….

  2. Jayashri Fairclough says:

    Beautiful! And amazing that these marks have resisted weather and time.

  3. seekraz says:

    Intriguing look into the past with its mysteries…and I do love your title…what a notion…. 🙂

    • smallpebbles says:

      Thanks! Something still resonates at those ancient sites – as if, looking out of the corner of the eye, the scene would unfold just as it was so many hundreds of years prior. Shanti…..:@}

  4. risinghawk says:

    Love it! One day, ti will be your writings someone finds in an ancient, “internet” archive 🙂

  5. Alison says:

    I am very much enjoying your NM odyssey

    • smallpebbles says:

      Thanks dear Alison! I was thinking how nice it would be to play with you in the White Sands! Now we are in Iowa…green, green, lots of flowers….shanti to you and Don…..

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