Taking Off from Ghost Ranch

You see it suddenly,
ahead of you,
that runway,
and know you have desire
and strength
and speed to use it,
hoping for clear light,
favorable winds,
and sunrise just ahead.
You have all you need—
lenses, film,
neutral density controls
to choose your depth of field
in any light conditions—
so you can see
clearly to the far horizon,
and also what is nearest to
your heart.

You travel light,
prepared for any weather,
your black rock
like Georgia’s
where you can roll it
in your pocket,
your watch set to
Ghost Ranch Time
no matter what zone
you find yourself in,
and your companions
there beside you
as you site yourself,
take aim for your spot
in the sky

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