Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Into the West Sonnet Series

Amy Jasek
1 min readMar 8


Black Canyon of the Gunnison | 35mm film photo by author (widelux)

Rocky evidence: time leaves a rough gash,
water torture wears away resistance
from the black stone. When it all comes to pass
what is left is beautiful persistence.
Deep, and abrupt, this fall through the layers
down to where the river still runs, distant
and sparkling as an old memory
when the light shines on it again. Planted
seeds are easily forgotten; the bees
will find them. Glide through piñon and juniper,
sharing miracles of discovery.
The canyon walls tell stories of wonder.
Solid ground’s swift descent, taking the plunge
river water scavenges to expunge.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is incredible. We camped near there in 2019 (camping near Silverton, CO) and went in on the non-touristy side, which was an excellent decision since it was quiet and there’s a wonderful nature trail. The canyon itself is breathtaking. I made a ton of photographs there but of course none of them do it justice.

Thank you for reading!