The arrant light of daybreak restores our desert province
to precious clarity, but as the world turns, the gray chaparral
and yellow cliffs bloom white hot and the banded hills
become a picture that is overexposed and uninviting.
The reward for our endurance comes at twilight,
when nature’s products, and man’s efforts as well,
are suffused with the crimson wavelengths of the sun’s farewell;
Until tomorrow then: The earth’s rotation is our refresh icon.