EASY people. Whoa. Hold up a minute partner. Don’t go confusing me with someone who found religion, or even someone who went looking for it in the first place. My religion is TRI-X in hot Rodinal. Let’s just get that straight right up front. But. There is something biblical about the profound celestial elegance above and the twisted, toxic human condition below. Been in a porta potty lately? Ya, you get my point. Grayrocks, Wyoming. Population unknown. Wind-blow camper shells crusted in dust. Observation equipment strung out like crab pots on the Bering Sea, rolling hillside as humans scatter and wait. Goosebumps on my arm as the temperature drops and the elderly woman next to me says “Holy shit.” “…your Goddamn right.”
Sister on her back on the tailgate just taking it in, finding her own message as her lips move in silence. A reckoning perhaps as she talks it out internally. This is the kind of thing best experienced alone and in silence. Headlights blaze from surrounding country as workers try their best to ignore the gathering night coming dead center in the middle of the day. If this is the end then it’s a damn pretty one.
The shadow comes like a last breath. Sweeping across the prairie like a demon. Powerless I stand and watch my head turning as if could follow the wave to the horizon line. Heartbeat in my ears, grit in my dry mouth, fingers nervous on the controls as a great cheer emerges from the darkness. We are here, alone and together as the moment draws down. The glowing orb turns its fury on the rock in its path, our vision lit by the promise of what is left.
The curtain is raised, slowly at first, then full on as the furnace comes to a roar once again.
PS: My little Blurb, Self-Pub project is coming to an end. My 1100 mile voyage to CA begins tomorrow. I’ll be off the grid until then but will put the finishing touches on the book-and have it off to the printer-within a week. After that I’ll begin again. I hope sharing this project has been educational, and I hope it helps you get your own project up and running.