Ponderosa pine and Juniper shroud
Jemez Mountains of New Mexico
Vestiges of ancient volcanic eruption

Rito de los Frijoles, Bean Creek,
Meanders on the canyon floor
Once lined by garden plots
Maize, beans, and squash

Now displaced by prickly pear and cholla cacti
Zone-tailed hawk soars overhead
Rutting elk bugle shrills pierce the silence

Ancestral chants ride on arid winds
Between towering sandstone canyon walls
Ancient ones, a colony of worker bees

Constructed stacked adobe pueblos
Honeycomb ruins tucked within red rock caves
Cliff-side dwellings accessible by
Propped wooden ladders

Masterful sandstone masonry
Once disguised by mud plaster,
Now revealed

By Suzanne Cottrell

Pueblo ruins in New Mexico

Suzanne Cottrell, an Ohio Buckeye by birth, lives with her husband and three rescue dogs in rural Piedmont North Carolina. An outdoor enthusiast and retired teacher, she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and Pilates. She loves nature and its sensory stimuli and particularly enjoys writing and experimenting with poetry and flash fiction. Her work has appeared in The Avocet, The Weekly Avocet, The Remembered Arts Journal, Plum Tree Tavern, The Skinny Poetry Journal, Three Line Poetry, Haiku Journal, Tanka Journal, Poetry Quarterly, Women’s Voices Anthology (These Fragile Lilacs Literary Journal), The Pop Machine (Inwood Indiana Press), and Nailpolish Stories, A Tiny and Colorful Literary Journal.

Photo of Pueblo Ruins in Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico by William Silver.

One thought on “Remnants

  1. Suzanne, what a nice transition from past to present life in this Pueblo. I often think it would be so wonderful, if for a moment, to see it as it was with the people who lived in this place to have a look into their daily life and world, or even to stand among them.
    I’ve been to Arizona and this reminded me of the places I visited. I love the specific naming of the trees and birds!

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