The Devil’s Garden — Elizabeth Spencer Spragins

Devil’s Garden, Arches National Park, Utah

The devil gardens in hot sand
And carves a crimson wonderland:
Hoodoos stand with sightless eyes

That stare into a savage age
When thunder lizards roared their rage,
Caged in rock to fossilize.

Arches frame this deadly door
Shielded by the shamans’ lore—
Blessings soar in eagle’s guise.

*Lakota tradition holds that eagles are symbols of the Great Spirit.

Elizabeth Spencer Spragins
is a poet and writer who taught in community colleges for more than a decade. Her work has been published extensively in Europe, Asia, and North America. She is the author of With No Bridle for the Breeze: Ungrounded Verse (Shanti Arts Publishing) and The Language of Bones: American Journeys Through Bardic Verse (Kelsay Books).