Canyon Speak

Call of a Canyon…

Place is both grounded and transcendent.

It is not about where you are, but how you are.

How you stand, wherever you are.

When one is truly ready to come home to one’s self,

all roads lead to where you stand.

All is integrated.

Chama Pass

On October 20th, 2008, snaking through canyons of Highway 68

to Taos, New Mexico  for the first time,

somewhere near Dixon in Rio Arriba County,

I heard a whisper inside me.

“You never have to leave again.”

Having lived twelve years in Ghent, Belgium,

and before that in New York City, Boston, Cork, Ireland, and Chicago,

the prospect of putting down roots

in the arid high desert of New Mexico came as a shock.


But the truth is, I cannot pull myself away from this place.

Far from living under a fabled cast of enchantment, however,

the gravity of this land strips me of delusion.


When the student is ready, the mountain embraces.


You never have to leave your truth again.

Rio Grande River, Embudo Station



  1. Dear Laura,

    Lovely words. Poetry that weaves with the landscape. “You never have to leave your truth again.” True and beautiful.


  2. Beautiful words, beautiful photos, beautiful woman!

    So glad we found you! Paul and Andrea

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